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Images of Top High-Tech Rollercoasters

These rollercoasters are some of the most hi-tech and stomach-churning out there.

These Rollercoaster Pack a Tech Punch

Behind the vertical dives and loop de loops of today's top tech rollercoasters are cutting-edge computer systems that thrill riders and keep them safe. The newest rides use sensors, Ethernet control systems, wired and wireless networks as well as digital audio and video. Here's our list of the nation's top tech rollercoasters and rides.

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Rollercoaster: Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Where: Universal Orlando Resort

When opened: 2009

Top speed: 65 mph

Top height: 170 feet

High-tech features: Digital audio and video that allows you to customize your ride and take home a souvenir DVD. You choose your songs using a touchpad on the lap bar.

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Rollercoaster: Manta

Where: Sea World Orlando

When opened: 2009

Top speed: 56 mph

Top height: 140 feet

High-tech features: Sensors along 3,359-foot track and on the trains communicate with Programmable Logic Controllers. Computerized special effects simulate the coaster hitting water.

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Ride: Toy Story Mania!

Where: Disney's California Adventure and Hollywood Studios Park

When opened: 2008

Length of ride: 5 minutes

Goal of ride: Users rack up points by shooting at items displaced in 3-D carnival games.

High-tech features: Computer-generated 3-D images are rendered 60 times per second. Onboard vehicle gaming systems calculate the position and activity of riders' shooter devices. Patents are pending on the spring-action shooters and vehicle's adjustable seats.

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Rollercoaster: SheiKra

Where: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

When opened: 2005 (redesigned in 2007)

Top speed: 70 mph

Top height: 200 feet

High-tech features: Five trains on the track. Sensors line 2,950-foot track, trains and seats and communicate via an Ethernet network to Programmable Logic Controllers.

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Rollercoaster: Top Thrill Dragster

Where: Cedar Point Amusement Park

When opened: 2003

Top speed: 120 mph

Top height: 420 feet

High-tech features: Sensors line 2,800-foot track and send real-time data to a ControlNet network. Separate control and safety Programmable Logic Controllers.

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Rollercoaster: Storm Runner

Where: Cedar Point Amusement Park

Where: Hersheypark

When opened: 2004

Top speed: 72 mph

Top height: 185 feet

High-tech features: Hydraulic launching system propels riders from 0 to 72 mph in less than 2 seconds. Nitrogen-powered propulsion system cut electricity usage in half to 2.5 megawatts.

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Your Favorite Rollercoaster?

Which ride is missing from our list? Tell us about your favorite tech rollercoaster or amusement park ride and why you like it so much.

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