This Thrill Ride Changes Speed Based on How Afraid You Are
A Dutch designer has created a machine that could transform theme parks into deeply personal experiences.
Daniel de Bruin is an industrial designer whose work aims to bring man and machine closer together in new ways. He recently debuted an interactive machine that could forever change how people interact with thrill rides.
De Bruin’s creation, the Neurotransmitter 3000, responds to the body signals of the person sitting in the chair. Before the experience begins, the rider is hooked up to a series of sensors that measure heart rate and muscle tension. The ride will automatically adjust its speed based on the data it receives from the rider’s body.
The ride begins slowly, as the person in the chair is likely experiencing a high heart rate. As they get used to the ride and their heart rate slows down, the ride will get faster. When a rider’s heart beat reaches resting levels (generally about 80 bpm), the ride will reach its fastest speed. If the speed becomes too intense and the rider’s heartbeat rises above 130 bpm, the ride will stop. Riders can also choose to manually control the speed by contracting their arm muscles, which will send a signal to the computer.
De Bruin told Travel + Leisure that, for him, the project is about “the connection between me and the machine.”
At the moment, it’s not possible for thrill-seekers to test the ride out themselves. It’s not unlikely that we could see a new world of theme parks that respond directly to how visitors feeling.
“I would love to see this kind of technology used in theme park to give the ride a more personal touch but this was not the essence of this project,” de Bruin told T+L. “But now that it’s build I would love to join up with theme park manufacturers to develop a new experience.”