Climbing on a moon crater with ‘Vreeclimber’
Horst Eidenberger and his team develop the VR climbing system ‘Vreeclimber’, where you can boulder in space, climb St. Stephen’s Cathedral or the Matterhorn.
Horst Eidenberger and his team from the Research Unit Information and Software Engineering at TU Wien Informatics combined a climbing wall with VR goggles to let you boulder in computer-simulated worlds. The central idea of the Vreeclimber is that one can climb continuously in a stunning virtual environment while physically remaining at approximately the same height. This is made possible by a rolling wall equipped with a fixed layout of climbing grips. The project team uses a complex interplay of VR Software, VR Systems, and carefully selected building materials and motors integrated into the climbing wall to create a lifelike experience.
You can try ‘Vreeclimber’ at the first public showing at Vienna Research Festival from September 9 to 11 at Vienna City Hall.
Read more about this exciting research project at APA Science.
Check out the ‘Vreeclimber’ Project here.