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VR Climbing Game in Your Gym

Though you’re only a foot off the ground, this VR system can put you as high up as you dare(Credit: Loz Blain/New Atlas)

At the Digility AR/VR expo in Cologne, Germany, a new virtual reality game was introduced which lets the user climb around in a range of weird virtual and photo-realistic environments to help them safely conquer their fear of heights.

The result of a collaboration between Hochschule Dusseldorf’s University of Applied Sciences and InnovationsHub, the climbing wall uses two high tech cameras and requires climbers to strap on a harness, a pair of special gloves (which are in prototype form at this stage, allowing the team to track the curl of your fingers), plus a headset and sensors on the backs of your hands, feet and butt according to Newatlas.com

The climbing holds are rendered realistically, and you can see your hands and feet so that you can grab the holds and climb around in a complete VR environment. Thus, you can climb around in a complete fantasy land or something more realistic, a totally safe way to work out your fear of heights.

The team tells Newatlas they’re hoping to develop the system to work with climbing treadmills, so climbers can get up a lot higher than they can on a static wall like the one being used today. That’s when the sense of height will really come in handy, but such a system won’t come cheap, so it’s likely only to show up in swanky climbing gyms that have got a bit of cash to splash to present something out of the ordinary.

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