Ever filmed video on a rollercoaster?

Not pictured above: a Make: television cameraman (or John Park for that matter). Why would we ever expect any camerman in his/her right mind to risk life, limb, or most importantly, expensive video recording equipment for the sake of some jumpy footage of a roller coaster in action?

In this week’s Maker Workshop segment of Make: television, John Park uses an Arduino microcontroller and a hacked Wii controller to make a Personal Flight Recorder… which is, of course, perfect for measuring the stomach-churning G forces of roller coasters like the one pictured above.

Fortunately, this slightly less frightening roller coaster also expels a healthy amount of G forces. And thanks to the steady hands of our camerman Mike Phillips (seated on the coaster conveniently right under the big yellow arrow), we have a very watchable, non-stomach-churning Maker Workshop segment to prove it.


Visit makezine.tv this Saturday, 2/28 to see Episode 9 featuring CCRMA‘s Computer Making Music and the Personal Flight Recorder.

Check out all of the previous episodes at www.makezine.tv/episodes