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May 11, 2017

Neurotransmitter 3000 – A hell of a Ride

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Too scary, not scary enough, or just right? Dutch designer Daniel de Bruin has created a ride that gives thrill-seekers the Goldilocks treatment, providing the perfect level of thrills by monitoring their biometric data. It’s called the Neurotransmitter 3,000—and as everyone knows, if it has 3,000 in the name, it’s probably pretty cool.

Blood, Sweat, and Fears

Here’s how it works: once you’re strapped in securely, you get a nonintrusive clamp on your the ear to monitor your heart rate, a thin bar underneath your armpit measures your body temperature, and a sensor on your forearm measures your muscle tension. Once the sensors are on, you strap into the ride—a sort of steampunk-inspired swing set—which swings you in a loop via a large rotating arm and flips you around by the swivel of the seat itself. The entire time, the sensors collect your biometric data and control the motion based on how scared you are. According to Engadget, “It will stop altogether if your heart rate hits 130 beats per minute or muscle tension reaches a certain threshold, but can go as fast as one rotation per second if you’re cool with it all.”

The Future Of Thrill Rides

So far, De Bruin himself seems to be the only one lucky enough to ride this futuristic carnival attraction. But as biometric sensors get cheaper, who knows what future theme parks might unveil. Can you imagine being an adrenaline junkie with roller-coaster-phobic friends and taking a ride that customizes the thrills to each of your preferences? It’s enough to make our imaginations run wild. It’s worth noting that Daniel de Bruin has other incredible design endeavors, including the first mechanical 3D printer. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for the next piece of steampunk inspiration this designer comes up with.
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