Breath control of amusement rides

Marshall, Joe, Rowland, Duncan, Egglestone, Stefan Rennick , Benford, Steve, Walker, Brendan and McAuley, Derek (2011) Breath control of amusement rides. In: 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2011, 7-12 May 2011, Vancouver, BC.

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Emerging robotic technologies are enabling the control of individual seats on rollercoasters and other thrill rides. We explore the potential of breathing as an effective and engaging way of driving this. Observations and interviews from trials of an enhanced bucking bronco ride show that breath-control is fun, challenging and intelligible, and reveal riders' tactics as they battled the machine. We conclude that breath control is feasible and appropriate for controlling rides, unpack its important characteristics, and consider how it might be built into future ride systems. We argue that the combination of voluntary and involuntary factors in breathing is especially appealing for controlling rides as it balances game-like elements of skill and learning against the thrill of surrendering control to the machine. Copyright 2011 ACM.

Additional Information:Conference Code: 85042
Keywords:Affective Computing, Amusement ride, Biosensing, Breath control, Breathing, Bucking broncos, Themepark, Thrill, Human computer interaction, Human engineering, Robotics
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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Deposited On:04 Apr 2013 15:35

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