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Amusement Park Ride Restraint System
Patent

What first began as a group project during his time at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), McLaren’s own Mike Troise, in conjunction with the RIT Theme Park Enthusiasts Group, invented a new amusement park ride restraint system that has now been officially patented! The new system was developed to make amusement park rides more inclusive and accessible to people with limb disabilities.

Initially designed during a theme park design competition, the patented design includes a jacket or vest that the passenger wears and a locking interface that attaches to it. The locking interface is secured in place via a locking device that may be mounted on a vertical channel for ease of alignment. Once the locking device is aligned, it can be secured in place by a locking bar. The system also includes a controller that can be used to operate the locking device remotely, improving safety and security for both the rider and operator.

The new system has several advantages over conventional passenger restraint systems. At a high level, it may be more comfortable for passengers because it does not restrict their movement as much as a traditional lap belt or seat belt. The ride restraint system was specifically designed to enclose the rider’s torso rather than the shoulders or hips, making it a more inclusive alternative to the conventional amusement park ride restraints.

Congratulations, Mike, and the RIT Theme Park Enthusiasts Group! This patented invention offers a comfortable, secure, and inclusive solution that could transform the amusement park experience for millions.