Saturday March 28 at 7.30pm on SBS
On Saturday March 28 at 7.30pm, join the inventors of Prototype This as they attempt to find a cure for road rage. Road rage is the cause of over twelve thousand automobile accidents each year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US, sixty six percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving. That figure is enough incentive for the team of inventors to create an automobile that will prevent driving, if it senses the driver is becoming agitated and aggressive.
In order to do this, the automobile itself must be able to sense tension from the driver, so with the help of scientists at Emotiv Engineering, the inventors began to research the concept of biofeedback technology. Biofeedback technology is a system of electromagnetic circuits that is wired to brainwaves and connected to several sensory areas throughout the body. Once connected, the technology records the levels of perspiration on the fingertips, heart rate and breathing patterns and presents the data for analysis.
After finding the technology they needed to decipher stress and tension, the Prototype This team had to figure out a way in which this info could trigger the engine and transmission of a car. The car and the readings must be connected on a similar electronic frequency so they could work in parallel.
With the help of several electronic engineers, computer coding the system was the easiest solution, and after hours of laborious work, the connection between the biofeedback technology and automobile was complete.
To test the success of this prototype, the team of inventors decides to let loose and have themselves a demolition derby. Each inventor was actually controlling the automobile from a virtual pseudo car on the side of the track, but would the cars stop using their emotion?