24.10.2022 at 08:32 by Norman Wittkopf – A comparatively ancient tank simulator in Switzerland proves that the Raspberry Pi is not only useful for various applications in the home.
Since its market launch in 2012, the Raspberry Pi has been inspiring the DIY community in several updated versions, and no matter whether as a media center, surveillance drone or weather station: the small and inexpensive single-board computer has only few limits for resourceful hobbyists in terms of application if you consider the limited computing power sometimes left out.
The Swiss Military and Fortress Museum Full-Reuenthal has also taken advantage of the Pi’s versatility and brought a tank simulator from the 1970s back to life. The circuit boards that were originally required for operation were no longer available or difficult to obtain for other reasons. In contrast to today’s counterparts with their virtual 3D worlds, the outdated simulator still relies on a physical model landscape over which a camera moves.
One Pi instead of many circuit boards
The Raspberry Pi takes on functions that were previously performed by various components, such as sending the input to the remote camera and registering the responses for the control box. In this, the user is like in a real tank with realistic controls, while what is in front of the “tank” is displayed on the screen. The box can also tilt and move in real time to simulate obstacles and the effects of driving in the real world. You can see the whole thing in a recent video by YouTuber Tom Scott:
According to Scott, it is the last tank driving simulator from the 1970s that still exists in the world. The biggest change was the computer, which was replaced with a Raspberry Pi. Otherwise, everything from the original model to the cockpit controls to the camera equipment is said to have been integrated into the restoration. According to the Swiss Military Museum, the actual procurement of the components for the restoration was particularly difficult. More news about the Raspberry Pi can be found on our topic page.
Those: via tomshardware.com