Discovery Channel – The Broncomatic

Thrill Laboratory feature on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, in particular talking about adaptive rides – of course this means a demo of the Broncomatic 🙂 Always fun to have people on it. I maintain its the most entertaining thing we’ve yet built in the MRL.

For those who don’t know, the broncomatic is a bucking bronco (more of a bucking lozenge) controlled by your breathing. It uses a Respiration belt worn round the chest connected to a Nexus10, which is in turn connected (by bluetooth) to a laptop. The signals then control a bunch of servos which sit on top of the control panel for the bronco. Result – you breathe in and the bronco goes one way, you breathe out it goes the other. It gets faster as the game goes on and staying on for any length of time is… challenging.

Here’s the show clip in all its glory:


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