Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL) and design houseAerial
have been awarded £87,892 by theEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
(EPSRC) to develop thrill rides that can respond to human emotions.
Initial research will focus on developing real-time systems for monitoring and interpreting rider physiology, with the ultimate goal of creating rides that can automatically adapt to each rider's experience.
Aerial recently hosted the Thrill Laboratory events at the
The MRL is a studio facility where academics at the university collaborate to explore the potential of the latest mobile technology. Biofeedback and recording technology allows physiological data to be monitored during a ride, including video of faces, audio, heart rate, galvanic skin response and acceleration.
The partners will trial different technologies to collect data across different types of rides and attractions at
It is hoped the research will help to design and build a demonstrator ride to highlight the possibilities such technologies might offer. The partners also plan to offer rider data and monitoring techniques as a resource for designers of extreme experiences in other sectors of the entertainment industry.