Oct 15 2012
This is not your swing set from childhood. The Waterfall Swingâ€”created by Mike O’Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas, and Andrew Witte of the Brooklyn-based art and architecture firm Dash 7 Designâ€”has a computer in it. And, of course, a lot of water. Video of the swing has captured the attention of the Web.
[Hit the picture to see the video] Here’s how it works…..
Water recirculates through 273 independently controlled solenoid valves at the top of the structure to create a wall of water. … Sensors mounted on the swing set gather information about the angle and speed of each swing. That information is sent to a computer that predicts the action of the rider. The computer then creates a hole in the wall of water, allowing the rider to swing through without getting wet.
What is this world coming to? Swinging on a swing set was part of the fabric of every kid’s childhood. Now we have to go and manipulate it because suddenly it’s not good enough for the new generation of bastards in the world. I mean the swing set is bad ass. I have no problem admitting that. Maybe I’m jealous, but kids these days are soft, weak if you will
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