A High School Student Built This Surprisingly Capable Flight Simulator

Do you remember how you spent your high school years? Odds are you were more concerned with your social status than actually doing something useful with your life. Not Dominick Lee. Instead of parties and homecomings he designed, built, and programmed an impressive low-budget flight simulator that's going to all but guarantee him entry into any college engineering programming he likes.


Assembled from plastic PVC pipe and powered by just a pair of pneumatic pistons, the LifeBeam sim can move and tilt a full 40 degrees, so it's just as capable as simulators costing tens of thousands of dollars. But with an Arduino-based system coordinating the moves between the pilot's seat, the joystick, and the flight sim, the LifeBeam could be built by anyone.

In fact, Lee has even posted a comprehensive Instructable if you want to do just that. But if you'd rather just think about how cool it would be instead of actually doing it, we completely understand. [LifeBeam FlightSim via Damn Geeky]

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I'm confused... did he also write a flight simulator?

The video nor the site never credit any 3rd party software such as X-Plane or MSFS. The description of the "gaming PC" briefly mentions that there is a game of some sort running. Is his chair able to use any game?

I'm interested to know how they polled the position data from the software, and if it can be used with multiple programs (e.g. if you wanted to build his system for use with a combat sim or something), or if it is limited to a single simulator program like X-Plane and can't be used with other games.

Have they released the arduino code?

ETA: The instructable has answers to many of my questions, but I still am not sure what games are compatible.