Interactive Augmented Climbing Wall Showcased at IAAPA 2016
Every year we consistently see new rides and products being released that push the limits and boundaries of height, speed, complexity, etc. Last week, we tested an older concept twisted into something completely new! It’s called the Augmented Climbing Wall and was showcased at by Spectrum Sports at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions expo in Orlando, aka IAAPA.
The new Augmented Climbing wall projects graphics onto a climbing surface, and then tracks your movements as you interact with those graphics to create interactive games and training applications. The games and applications are envisioned to make training fun, be motivational, and give feedback to help athletes become a better climber.
Up to two people can play games such as “ClimBall” (similar to the classic pong) against each other while climbing.
“Whack a Bat” is also a fun one-person game. Players must whack as many bats as possible to score. The bats move all around making this a great game to play with friends!
One of the most unique features of this high-tech climbing wall is the instant replay video. While climbers play games or practice routes, a camera is recording. After your session or game, it will email you the replay video and also playback the video right on the wall so you can see your progress. There’s also an option integrated into the system for the videos to be uploaded directly to YouTube after a session while autonomously emailing it to you! Is this augmented climbing wall the future of rock climbing? We aren’t sure but either way it sure is fun!
For more information, visit the official Sports Spectrum website by clicking here.