Fairground Thrill Laboratory (2007)
Three classic British fairground rides - the Miami Trip, the Ghost Train and the Booster; along with an international team of artists, scientists, performers, technologists, psychologists and showmen; and a carnival of experimentation, food, drink, performance, film, music and discussion, form the Fairground Thrill Laboratory.
Visitors ride the rides hooked up to a telemetry system which includes a heart-rate monitor, accelerometer and video camera. Physiological data and facial expressions are captured and beamed live into the laboratory and onto the side of the museum building for audience analysis and delectation.
Holger Schnädelbach, Stefan Rennick Egglestone, Stuart Reeves, Steve Benford, Brendan Walker, and Michael Wright. 2008. Performing thrill: designing telemetry systems and spectator interfaces for amusement rides. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '08). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1167-1176. https://doi.org/10.1145/1357054.1357238
Brendan Walker, Holger Schnädelbach, Stefan Rennick Egglestone, Angus Clark, Tuvi Orbach, Michael Wright, Kher Hui Ng, Andrew French, Tom Rodden, and Steve Benford. 2007. Augmenting amusement rides with telemetry. In Proceedings of the international conference on Advances in computer entertainment technology (ACE '07). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 115-122. https://doi.org/10.1145/1255047.1255070
Photo credit: Brendan Walker
Last updated: 14th April 2019