Neurotransmitter 3000

Title: Neurotransmitter 3000

Type: Art Project

Team: Daniel de Bruin, Pim Keunen, Emilio Timp

A biometrically controlled thrill ride

Daniel de Bruin had a dream to become part of one of his inventions so he built a giant metal swing. I stepped in to create a system that measures the stress of the rider, which in turn influences the speed of the machine they’re in. The emotions of the riders displayed on screens visible to the public along with a live video feed of their face. To create this complicated system I contacted Pim Keunen and together we created the system showcased in the video below.

The Neurotransmitter 3000 has since been exhibited at the STRP Biƫnnale in Eindhoven, Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, and Exact Live in Utrecht. It might be going much further very soon.

We instruct people how to be safe in the machine, have them sign a waiver and hook them up with all the sensors that will be measuring their stress, after that point, it’s all up to them.


One of the first rides at the STRP Biƫnnale
Neurotransmitter at Exact Live
A rider in the Neurotransmitter in Linz, Austria
Discovery channel interviewing Daniel about his machine
Neurotransmitter 3000 in Linz, Austria