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  

chromo11 engineering the thrill

Thrill Laboratory started with a project called chromo11: engineering the thrill. "chromo11* is a project which aims to uncover the complex psychological factors which underpin your thrilling experiences. chromo11 is a resource for artists, designers and writers who want to create their own thrilling experiences. chromo11 is also a site for anyone who wants to be entertained by the many...

The Taxonomy of Thrill

what's it about? The Taxonomy of Thrill investigates the experience of thrill – how it works, why it works, and what such insights might mean for designers. This research represents the first stage of a project called chromo11: engineering the thrill, which aims to design new types of thrilling experiences.  If designers understood more about the dynamics of euphoric experiences...

Thrilling Designs

what's it about? Thrilling Designs showcases design work from the research project chromo11: engineering the thrill. Thrilling Designs draws inspiration from the traditions of the fairground, methods of the French Situationists, and research findings presented in The Taxonomy of Thrill. Thrilling Designs presents two design explorations, Airlife and Neophile. Airlife is a collection of thrill rides based on the fusion...

Blue Peter does Smiler at Alton Towers

Helen and Barney join Brendan at Alton Towers to see just how good Smiler is at putting a smile on their faces. Thrill Laboratory uses some cutting edge, realtime, facial muscle recognition software developed by its latest computer science conscript, Dr Michel Valstar. This software is based on Paul Eckman's Facial Action Coding System. There are 43 muscles in the...

Oblivion: Thrill Laboratory

Alton Towers invited Brendan Walker to stage a Thrill Laboratory event based at the park in 2008. Walker chose to focus the event on riders of Oblivion, the world's first vertical drop roller coaste. The resulting event was billed as the UK's largest study of thrill seekers, contributing towards Walker's goal to define the Walker Thrill Factor. Walker created a...

Fairground: Thrill Laboratory

Brendan Walker curates Fairground: Thrill Laboratory at the Dana Centre, featuring a heady mix of three classic British fairground rides - the Miami Trip, the Ghost Train and the Booster; an international team of artists, scientists, performers, technologists, psychologists and showmen; and a carnival of experimentation, food, drink, performance, film, music and discussion. Over three weeks in October 2006,...

Oscillate

  An immersive interactive artwork based on two popular entertainment technologies: the multi millennia-old swing and the 21st century Oculus Rift - the former designed to excite the vestibular system, the latter designed to excite the visual cortex Commissioned by Sheffield Doc/Fest, Site Gallery and Crossover as part of the Virtual Reality Arcade, where contemporary art, gaming and immersive technologies...

Thrill Engineer Brendan Walker on the Science of Sensation

'According to Thrill Engineer Brendan Walker, the most  thrilling moment of any theme park experience is just before it begins. 'That brief interlude between being strapped in and the launch of the ride. '“Nothing matches that moment of giving yourself to the ride, that point of no reasonable return, ” he says. 'Walker specialises in analysing sensation: taking a thrill attraction back...

jump-o-meter

Thrill Laboratory is renowned for creating some of the UK's leading precision bespoke scientific instrumentation. Our Jump-O-Meter is no exception - using 6 degree-of-motion detection coupled with machine learning algorithms to determine the emotional response of babies to audio visual stimuli. How does it work? Put simply: in a pleasurable environment thrill is proportional to intensity of movement, which...