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Somewhere, a graduate fresh out of college is roaming around at a house party at which he knows almost no one. A family friend approaches him and takes him aside for a heart-to-heart.
“I just want to say one word to you,” he says, “Just one word: Biometrics.”
That young man may well have been artist Daniel de Bruin, who’s unveiled the “biometrically controlled thrill ride” Neurotransmitter 3000, a kind of hybrid between a roller coaster, a biofeedback machine, and the Animus machine from the Assassin’s Creed movie.
The precise nature of the Neurotransmitter 3000‘s biometric feedback system isn’t spelled out in the video for the project, but presumably it reads the user’s heart rate and other variables to create a custom motion experience. I’m reminded of Pete Townshend’s Lifehouse concept, which involved feeding vital signs of the listener to create a one-of-a-kind music experience. This only seems mildly less insane, but you might be seeing it at an amusement park near you in the not too distant future anyway.
You can watch the video showing how Neurotransmitter 3000 works below. And for more from Daniel de Bruin, check out more of his projects on Vimeo right here.
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