For those of you interested in the upcoming AccuForce wheel, here are a few sneak peek photos of the button box, quick release and shifters. Please remember that this blog is a place for my geeky ramblings as opposed to official SimXperience marketing so some of the things I mention here may not be of interest to the casual user.
Button Box Features
12 long-life buttons
Raised button modules optimize ergonomics by placing the buttons closer to your fingers than is possible on a traditional flat plate.
Extremely rigid design (I weigh in over 220lbs and am able to stand on it without causing damage)
Easily adjusted upper button modules facilitate simple bolt-on of many different steering wheels
Adjustable machined aluminum shifters with carbon fiber paddles (throw, paddle width and switch engagement point can be adjusted)
Optional attachment for phone cord style connector (useful if a non-SimXperience quick release is utilized)
Facilitates mounting of optional phone holder or SLI style USB displays.
DIY and Modder Friendly
Precision machined Aluminum
6 spring-loaded hard gold pins enable transfer of power, USB and the SimXperience communication protocol through the quick release
We would love to hear your thoughts on this portion of the AccuForce. We're especially interested in understanding if you find on-wheel display of gear and engine RPM to be gimmicky or useful. One school of though says that if you're looking at you're wheel while driving, you're soon to be looking at a wall. That's frankly the school of though that I subscribe to but we did make provisions for the possibility of a phone mount. As many of you probably know, the Sim Commander software has supported the possibility of fully customized dashboard displays via phone for many years now. Please let us know if a phone holder or other optional display bolt-on would be of interest to you.