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VR Playground for your audience

Can you remember swinging in the playground as a child: enjoying sensations of speed and weightlessness as you swooped high and low; laughing with friends, hoping they didn't spot that you were a little scared? Thrill Engineer, Brendan Walker certainly can, and he's harnessing those sensations to take you on some incredible, action-packed adventures. So, jump aboard a playground...

the world’s first inverting looping playground slide

The following account is recreated from interviews with those who were there, and then dramatised for the internet. All video footage contained below is real, unedited, and as shot by independent witnesses. Slow zooming closeup onto shiny red 1970s telephone. It rings. Thrill Engineer, red boiler suit, looks up from experiment. Whippet wearing brain monitoring headset continues to runs on...

The Art and Science of Thrill Rides

Friends at Frontier Developments asked me to be the brand ambassador for Planet Coaster, and give a lecture to thousands of fans at their Expo in 2017. This video gives you the complete lecture, which I have since delivered at New Scientist Live. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-qFplNdEYw I jumped at the chance to work with Frontier for two reasons. Firstly, Planet...

Punters: auto-portraits of fairground thrill

I produced a collection of images capturing the emotions of riders at the fairground as they experienced a moment of ultimate thrill. I built a body mounted auto-portrait machine that detects the emotion of thrill through real-time sampling and analysis of physiological reactions. As a rider experiences euphoria, the machine fires its camera mechanism, automatically taking a...

Thrill Engineer at 32,000 feet

British Airways thought that their customers would enjoy reading about the things I take with me when I fly the world on my adventures. I'm in the seat-back pocket of every BA flight this month. Open me up (page 42), take a pic on the plane, and post on Twitter and/or Instagram (@ThrillEngineer). The best entry will get a...

do thrill engineers dream of virtual reality?

Do you remember the summer of 2013? Oculus Rift were in the middle of a pivotal Kickstarter campaign to launch DK1 - a widely available development kit that would propel us into a 21st century virtual reality renaissance. Virtual reality was far from my thoughts that year. In fact, at that time, it was a medium I thought I'd...

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...