Are you always intrigued by the fact that how it would be to fly an airplane? Or to get head over control of all the airplane cockpit controls? Then a flight simulator is exactly what you need to experience if in case you are not able to fulfill your life-long dream of flying an airplane yourself. And one geek bloke did just that but the only difference is, he made it himself rather than buying a flight simulator that will cost you a fortune. LifeBeam Flight Simulator made by Dominick Lee, high school student who is and avid programmer and avails his time in making new things. With help from his physics professor Dr. Bert Pinsky and donation from Karl Anderson, CEO Teco Pneumatics to purchase all the parts needed for the DIY project; Dominick constructed this amazing Arduino based pneumatic flight simulator himself.
An example of perfect amalgamation of science, robotics and physics this flight simulator is capable of moving and tilting a full 40 degrees which by the way is equivalent to the traditional Stewart platform simulator and the only exception is that it runs on 2 pneumatic cylinders. The coordination between the hardware than Lee has made and the virtual gaming interface is scaled and converted to provide the needed input for flight simulator roll and pitch. Thereafter the signal is send to the Arduino (Duemilanove) and then calculated voltage is converted into PWM and sent to low pass filter. This provides for all the movement by the pneumatic simulators.
This is one awe-inspiring DIY project that leaves us to ponder over the fact that flight simulator can be made at home too only if you have the right vision and focus to do so. And last but not the least a big thumbs up to thing high school student for creating the Arduino-based LifeBeam Flight Simulator supported by pneumatic hardware.
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