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VR Playground

Our new ride has landed! Don a virtual reality headset, jump on a playground swing, and be transported on an exhilarating swing-powered adventure. Ridden and looking for your souvenir? Enter your number below, hit GO, add a few optional details, then sit back, enjoy, and share your adventure with friends (takes a few moments to download on computer; mobile version coming...

Bronco features on Discovery Channel

Our Bucking Bronco Adaptive Ride Experiment and The Walker Thrill Factor feature on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XwMp8-tcLQ

VR Playground in Seoul

VR Playground returns from a short tour in Seoul, South Korea. Week one was by official invitation from World Culture Collage, to feature as part of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 cultural programme. I was delighted to site our four swings within the stunning new Oil Tank Culture Park... ... and our team had great fun entertaining Olympic mascots Soohorang...

V-Armchair

sit in a comfy armchair, pop on a VR headset, select a show, and off you go! V-Armchair is a collision between several of my pastimes and passions: designing rides, riding rides, watching other people ride rides, watching TV, presenting TV, playing with technology, crossing genres and disciplines. But most of all: thrilling an audience with new ideas and experiences. Where...

VR Playground at Greenwich

We were swinging over the rooftops of London for three days, enjoying views from Greenwich hill. Our riders were set against a most dramatic series of backdrops: The Shard, St Paul's, The Gherkin, Canary Wharf, and The Dome.   Our swing structures were sited to frame our riders and the view beyond.   This is how our festival looked, with queue lines up...

VR Playground media coverage NNF 2017

A selection of broadcast TV and radio coverage of VR Playground at its premier during the launch of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017. https://www.youtube.com/embed?listType=playlist&list=PL4slOqun1hZpIDhQ9pHJ9ss5aLssf_SPI&layout=gallery

VR Playground at Norfolk & Norwich Festival

During 17 days of continuous swinging around Norwich in May 2017, over five thousand riders (ranging from 11 to 101 years old - able and disabled) were excited to perform to a combined audience of over ten thousand spectators.   These videos show typical rider responses... https://www.youtube.com/embed?listType=playlist&list=PL4slOqun1hZrE-qbbRvSbqGwu1BzzxN0K&layout=gallery VR Playground played at 5 different venues around Norwich city, which included: Chapelfield Gardens (public...

VR Playground background

VR Playground is an experiential ride installation and public aerial performance by artist Brendan Walker and his Thrill Laboratory. In VR Playground, Walker propels riders through a series of colourful geometric virtual worlds, each driven by the action of swinging within a cubic structure. He crafts moments of wonder, awe and trepidation to elicit unexpected emotions, which are inadvertently...

BBC World Service looks into The Science of Thrill

"Journalist Karen Bartlett meets Brendan Walker, the former aerospace worker who is working on a project to design the world's first interactive ride." Brendan is the subject of a genetic test that reveals he has a rare thrill seeking gene... 28min programme based on: original research published in The Taxonomy of Thrill; Aerial design practice in the entertainment industry; Thrill...

Blue Peter Thrill Laboratory special

3 Roller Coasters, 3 Presenters... Thrill Laboratory experiments on BBC's Blue Peter, 2009 Thrill Engineer Brendan Walker and his team of Technicians put Blue Peter presenters through a series of scientific experiments to see if they have 'the right stuff' to become Thrill Laboratory guinea pigs, to be tested onboard some of the UK's most thrilling theme park rides. https://www.youtube.com/embed?listType=playlist&list=PL4slOqun1hZpE3wSM3KGP83-guPe5CPF-&v=vGnhVZEJZ4I&layout=gallery