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(KHOU Houston)   Texas opens first 4D rollercoaster where the seats spin independently of the car, making throwing up on yourself rather than the person behind you easier   (khou.com) divider line 65
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2014-08-30 07:46:38 AM  
It can time travel?
 
2014-08-30 07:50:51 AM  
awesomegifs.com
 
2014-08-30 08:45:05 AM  
I see someone has never ridden X2 at magic mountain, huh...

/and others I can't think of off the top of my head.
 
2014-08-30 08:46:33 AM  

thamike: It can time travel?

 
2014-08-30 08:48:55 AM  
I'd ride it
 
2014-08-30 08:50:35 AM  

labman: I see someone has never ridden X2 at magic mountain, huh...

/and others I can't think of off the top of my head.


There's a Green Lantern-themed coaster at one of the SF parks that does this, too. And the Batman one won't open until NEXT year. At least this is a change from hearing the enthusiasts biatch and moan that the looping coasters "aren't really coasters at all."
 
2014-08-30 08:54:10 AM  
I rode X (before it became X2) at Magic Mountain and it was awesome!  I've heard its gotten rougher since then.  These rides look fun, I have yet to ride something similar to this.
 
2014-08-30 09:11:16 AM  
Nope nope nope nope nope
 
2014-08-30 09:19:18 AM  
After watching the Video, I don't see how this is possibly 4D. In fact, I don't believe it's even 3D.

The entire track is stacked vertically, meaning there is no left-right movement of the trolley mechanism - it only moves in the horizontal plane. Furthermore, it does so along a fixed track, meaning the only a single coordinate is required to specify its position.

The only other degree of freedom is around the single axis of rotation of the bucket seats.

So this is a 2D Coaster

/Lagrangian Generalised Coordinates FTW
//Rumour spreadin' a-'round in that Texas town...
 
2014-08-30 09:21:17 AM  
So the teacup ride is 4d then? It goes up, down, makes turns, and then rotates independently of the train.

That stupidity aside, that ride looks fun as fark.
 
2014-08-30 09:24:06 AM  
Looks like a capacity nightmare for as big a park as Fiesta Texas, though hopefully they'll dispatch trains within a decent timeframe instead of Six Flags' patented "minimum 4 minutes to check restraints" mentality.

Also, subs: Can't blame you since a lot of articles are claiming as such, but it's not the world's first (Texas' first, sure).

/Fun fact: The original (X at Magic Mountain) had so many tech problems that Six Flags sued the manufacturer into bankruptcy
 
2014-08-30 09:27:46 AM  
But is it Exxxtreme 4D?
 
2014-08-30 09:30:13 AM  

sheumack: /Lagrangian Generalised Coordinates FTW
//Rumour spreadin' a-'round in that Texas town...


This has to be the funniest ZZ-Top/Math mash-up I've ever seen.
 
2014-08-30 09:38:46 AM  
The roller coaster dimensional arms race has begun!

/waiting for the string theory coaster
 
2014-08-30 09:38:57 AM  

sheumack: After watching the Video, I don't see how this is possibly 4D. In fact, I don't believe it's even 3D.

The entire track is stacked vertically, meaning there is no left-right movement of the trolley mechanism - it only moves in the horizontal plane. Furthermore, it does so along a fixed track, meaning the only a single coordinate is required to specify its position.

The only other degree of freedom is around the single axis of rotation of the bucket seats.


It sounds like a glorified version of this:

www.domainofdeath3.com

In which case, sign me up. I loved that ride.
 
2014-08-30 09:42:39 AM  
i.ytimg.com

You know we're sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder.
 
2014-08-30 09:43:12 AM  
Nothing beats the old skydiver rides for pure awesomeness.  My friend and I would spin that sucker up to full speed and not stop until they let us out.  Plus there was always the danger of the ride flat out falling apart.
 
2014-08-30 09:56:21 AM  

Dragonflew: sheumack: After watching the Video, I don't see how this is possibly 4D. In fact, I don't believe it's even 3D.

The entire track is stacked vertically, meaning there is no left-right movement of the trolley mechanism - it only moves in the horizontal plane. Furthermore, it does so along a fixed track, meaning the only a single coordinate is required to specify its position.

The only other degree of freedom is around the single axis of rotation of the bucket seats.

It sounds like a glorified version of this:

[www.domainofdeath3.com image 800x556]

In which case, sign me up. I loved that ride.


The Zipper! Best part of any fall fair other than the Gravitron!
 
2014-08-30 09:58:24 AM  

thamike: It can time travel?


Well, it moves.  So, yeah.
 
2014-08-30 10:01:38 AM  
Oh HELL no.
 
2014-08-30 10:15:18 AM  
Press release, run as news, unedited. No reporter required. No editor required.
 
2014-08-30 10:17:07 AM  

labman: I see someone has never ridden X2 at magic mountain, huh...

Yup, first thing I thought of.

/only ride I thought I might die on
//front row
 
2014-08-30 10:20:05 AM  

CruJones: I'd ride it


Hell yeah.
 
2014-08-30 10:33:51 AM  
It looks fun but each coaster only holds eight and they only built five coasters. Combine this with six flags' shiatty loading processes and you will be spending your entire day trying to ride this one coaster. And Fiesta Texas sits at the bottom of a quarry so the heat in the park is concentrated and is always worse than the rest of San Antonio. I think I will wait til the furor dies down a lot.
 
2014-08-30 10:36:27 AM  

Caeldan: Dragonflew: sheumack: After watching the Video, I don't see how this is possibly 4D. In fact, I don't believe it's even 3D.

The entire track is stacked vertically, meaning there is no left-right movement of the trolley mechanism - it only moves in the horizontal plane. Furthermore, it does so along a fixed track, meaning the only a single coordinate is required to specify its position.

The only other degree of freedom is around the single axis of rotation of the bucket seats.

It sounds like a glorified version of this:

[www.domainofdeath3.com image 800x556]

In which case, sign me up. I loved that ride.

The Zipper! Best part of any fall fair other than the Gravitron!


CSB time:

When I was still a teenager I talked my girlfriend at the time into riding that one. Despite her initial reaction of "oh he'll no". So we get on there and damn near the whole time she's screaming for her momma. We come off the ride, and I say "again?" Expecting to get hit.

She looks at me and nods "oh he'll ya".

I ended up marrying that girl.
 
2014-08-30 10:39:28 AM  
I'm saving money starting right now to fly there and ride that thing.
 
2014-08-30 10:39:50 AM  
And he built a crooked house.
 
2014-08-30 10:59:09 AM  

Boudyro: Caeldan: Dragonflew: sheumack: After watching the Video, I don't see how this is possibly 4D. In fact, I don't believe it's even 3D.

The entire track is stacked vertically, meaning there is no left-right movement of the trolley mechanism - it only moves in the horizontal plane. Furthermore, it does so along a fixed track, meaning the only a single coordinate is required to specify its position.

The only other degree of freedom is around the single axis of rotation of the bucket seats.

It sounds like a glorified version of this:

[www.domainofdeath3.com image 800x556]

In which case, sign me up. I loved that ride.

The Zipper! Best part of any fall fair other than the Gravitron!

CSB time:

When I was still a teenager I talked my girlfriend at the time into riding that one. Despite her initial reaction of "oh he'll no". So we get on there and damn near the whole time she's screaming for her momma. We come off the ride, and I say "again?" Expecting to get hit.

She looks at me and nods "oh he'll ya".

I ended up marrying that girl.


Despite her crippling apostrophe abuse? She must be great in bed.
 
2014-08-30 11:02:13 AM  
[...] fly like Batman.

Batman does NOT fly.
 
2014-08-30 11:10:44 AM  

DigitalCoffee: [...] fly like Batman.

Batman does NOT fly.


ii.wbshop.com
 
2014-08-30 11:16:27 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-30 11:43:20 AM  
Just in time for the new Democratic Thrill House Ride ... ISIS on the Border
 
2014-08-30 11:51:12 AM  
it spins like this?
 
2014-08-30 11:52:21 AM  

cretinbob: it spins like this?


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-08-30 12:02:17 PM  
i45.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-30 12:09:30 PM  

cretinbob: cretinbob: it spins like this?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 256x256]


I need a desk toy that does that, stat.
 
2014-08-30 12:11:49 PM  

thamike: It can time travel?


Yeah, but only at normal speed.
 
2014-08-30 12:13:09 PM  
I'd really be impressed by the throw up factor if the passengers had to down a double shot of tequila at the pinnacle, right before the plunge. Then watch the "Technicolor yawns."
 
2014-08-30 12:29:25 PM  

Hobo Jr.: thamike: It can time travel?

Yeah, but only at normal speed.


Shouldn't it be at a different speed from the point of view of the people waiting in line to get on the roller coaster?
 
2014-08-30 12:34:29 PM  
I love how they keep trying to bill it as "the First"... it is not "the first" at all. The Dinoconda in China was the first of this kind... and theirs turns while this batman themed one doesn't appear to turn at all.
 
2014-08-30 12:57:46 PM  
If they made the carts look like batarangs and had them spin along the Z axis it would have been cooler.

And I think this is even more 1d than 3d as all that is required to locate a cart is the distance from the start. To my flatland book Robin!
 
2014-08-30 01:01:43 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-30 01:01:51 PM  

DigitalCoffee: [...] fly like Batman.

Batman does NOT fly.


Ah.  Like John Madden.  Takes the bus everywhere.
Wondering why, though.  Perhaps (makes "drinky-drinky" gesture) an unfortunate "incident"?
TSA problems?  DHS?  IBS?
 
2014-08-30 01:02:15 PM  

sheumack: After watching the Video, I don't see how this is possibly 4D. In fact, I don't believe it's even 3D.

The entire track is stacked vertically, meaning there is no left-right movement of the trolley mechanism - it only moves in the horizontal plane. Furthermore, it does so along a fixed track, meaning the only a single coordinate is required to specify its position.

The only other degree of freedom is around the single axis of rotation of the bucket seats.

So this is a 2D Coaster

/Lagrangian Generalised Coordinates FTW
//Rumour spreadin' a-'round in that Texas town...


I say put the rotating bucket seats on the Gatekeeper in Cedar Point and see how that flies.
 
2014-08-30 01:02:25 PM  

Hobo Jr.: thamike: It can time travel?

Yeah, but only at normal speed.


and only in one direction.
 
2014-08-30 01:04:38 PM  
Also, how many Batman: The Rides exist across the country? My local six flags has had one since roughly 1992.

/we need better names
//like the empukenator
 
2014-08-30 01:09:18 PM  
that will be fun to test my loogie-hocking skills.
 
2014-08-30 01:09:55 PM  
ts1.mm.bing.net
Going to need a bigger hose.
 
2014-08-30 01:45:33 PM  
I about horked watching the video.
 
2014-08-30 01:46:52 PM  

germ78: Also, how many Batman: The Rides exist across the country? My local six flags has had one since roughly 1992.

/we need better names
//like the empukenator


The Vomitron

The Velocipuker
 
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