Big Brother wants to record your day at Alton Towers
Written by Robert Niles
The U.K. gave the world "Big Brother" (Orwell's literary account of omnipresent state surveillance, not the reality-TV show) and in 2007 will witness the theme park version.Tweet
Alton Towers has announced that it will next year offer guests customized DVDs documenting their visit to the park. Guests will wear bracelets fitted with RFID tags that will trigger surveillance cameras throughout the park. The video footage will be spliced together automatically with stock, "B roll" footage from the park to produce the custom video highlight DVDs for each customer. The DVDs will contain up to 30 minutes of footage.
Prices and distribution details, for both the bracelets and the DVDs, have yet to be worked out.
Video surveillance of theme park guests is nothing new. (Oh, the stories I could tell you about what I've seen in security monitors! Ladies, if your boyfriend wants to get frisky on a theme park ride and tells you that nobody can see you, let's just say... he's wrong.) But Alton's new plan certainly takes this to a new level.
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