The thrill laboratory takes up residence for a couple of days in Alton Towers. The event centres around the iconic Oblivion ride, the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster, which features a hair-raising 180ft vertical drop. Over three days,a team of Thrill Technicians consisting of psychologists and performers, and Thrill Technologists to survey 80 riders in a public spectacle of terror and delight.
We captured heart rate, acceleration and galvanic skin response, as well as a face camera while participants thundered over the edge. My work here focussed mainly on producing tools to playback and explore the data, then discussing it with them.
The event was fairly high profile, reported on by both the BBC and ITV: