If you were to cross an oil pumpjack with the “ships” that you see at carnivals that go back and forth until turning you all the way upside down, you would likely get something that resembles Daniel de Bruin and his team’s NERUOTRANSMITTER 3000.
The 23-foot-tall, biometrically-driven attraction swings a person around, while allowing the user to spin around in a chair on the end of the device.
If that wasn’t frightening enough, the user’s heart rate, temperature, orientation, and muscle tension are measured by sensors on their body and translated into motion. Meaning, unlike other attractions you’d find at an amusement park, the person inside is actually in control — the ride will go faster or slower depending on how scared you become.
As you can see in the video below, the NEUROTRANSMITTER 3000 starts off slowly, then increases its speed depending on a rider’s comfort level. A higher heart rate keeps the machine rotating, but will come to a stop if it reaches 130 bpm (average resting heart rate is usually between 60 to 100 bpm) or if a muscle tension threshold is passed, which is determined by how hard he or she grips the seat.
The NERUOTRANSMITTER 3000 is certainly thrilling and terrifying, and presents a situation where you’d definitely want a trusted friend at the “off” switch! It will be interesting to see, though, how this project could influence theme park rides in the future!