The New York Hall of Science was home to the 2nd Annual World Maker Faire this past weekend, which is like a grown-up version of your middle school science fair, but much, much cooler. Robot drummers! Super-fast dancing crutches! Glasses that let you visualize sounds as double rainbows! DIY comfy wheelchairs! Most importantly, there was a Waterfall Swing, created by Dash 7 Designs. Watch it in action:
We were a little dubious about this invention, since who among us didn’t break a leg trying to hook up a
Towering steel swing set holding arrays of mechanical solenoids that create a
waterplane falling in the path of its riders. Formed from a tangent of ideas raised from the study of interactions of wateras space, the swing is the first in a series that play with interaction in rides and installations. Riders pass through openings in a waterfall created by precisely monitoring their path via axel-housed encoders, creating the thrill of narrowly escaping obstacles.
Hopefully this project will be more successful than New York’s last waterfall-related experiment.