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Technology

Logitech G25 Racing Wheel and Pedals (Update)

This morning I was able to talk to Chris Pate from Logitech about the G25. We had a good discussion on the development process of the G25 and discussed some of the potential issues with the design of the wheel, and how they could be addressed. It was noted that the design and layout of the wheel shown at E3 is the final form, and there should be no further configuration changes. We discussed the “floppy” gated shifter issue, and the problems associated with improving positive shifter placement. Chris also took the time to discuss how Logitech applied lessons learned from the problem-filled pedal set on the MOMO Racing FF wheel to the design of the G25. Using stainless steel elements, tight tolerances, potentiometers screwed directly into the pedal base frame (thereby keeping all loads off the pots) and ensuring that the pedal motion is stopped by the metal frame before the pot is fully rotated, Logitech engineers have ensured that the pedals will be durable, accurate and not exhibit any of the calibration issues of its predecessor. These new wheels are very well engineered, and after final refinements should offer a very capable and durable product for consumers.

– Chunx

This is a very cool looking piece of racing gear. The sequential shifter, the three pedal setup, the stainless paddle shifters, the smaller desk footprint, it’s a good looking package. We met with Chris Pate this morning. Once again, Chunx carries the article load here (yes, he is asking for my paycheck, or at least a significant portion of it).

I was interested to hear that Logitech listened to its customers who were looking for a move up in the controller area and so they developed a product to meet those interests and those needs. Very responsive and customer oriented.

– 20mm

Last Day

Well, we have some bad news for our members here at E3, on this final day. We didn’t mean to do it, but it appears that last night we “broke” guod.

Maybe it was the endless hours of article formatting …or editing photos …or PhotoShop-ing “Baghdad Bob” …or the hits to his old ticker from all those booth babes. In any event, the result was that our fearless leader missed attending the last day of E3! Of course he was working at the hotel… but missed some great interviews. In fact, the first time we saw him, at 4:30 in the afternoon, he was dressed in his skivvies and wearing a day-old beard growth (okay, maybe too much information). But at least guod is still alive, and semi-rested, even if his writersaren’t.

In closing today’s report, here are more non-booth babes….

 


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