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Kids Build Battlestar Galactica Viper Simulator in Garage

David K. Israel

Talk about fracking talented! These guys have started building a full, virtual, BSG Viper simulator in their garage. The Bay Area high school kids are funding the project through Kickstarter and will unveil it this May, at Maker Faire 2012. I found out about this from Mashable, which says "The basic idea: mount the fuselage of a small plane (a Piper PA-28) on a motion-control platform capable of 360 degree rotation across two axes. 'This design allows for considerably more motion around the pitch axis than commercial entertainment systems, such as those found at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum,' write the precocious high schoolers on their site."

Check out the video below for the full scoop. Interestingly, when Mashable started delivering news via video, the online social media site had an opportunity to move away from the nasally, predictable rise/fall speech patterns we all love to hate coming from our local nightly newscasters. Instead, sadly, they seem to be copying the sing-song approach note for note. So much for progress... still, if you can get past the talking head, the rest of the video is pitch-perfect! SO SAY WE ALL!!