Swing design concept unleashes the power of a playground favorite...virtually

Unless you went to grade school in one of those neighborhoods that removed all the swings for safety reasons, you probably remember swinging back and forth pretending you were flying, or piloting a spaceship. Engineering and design team Christin Marczinzik and Thi Binh Minh Nguyen have produced a program that says you won’t have to pretend anymore.

Swing is a virtual reality program compatible with the Oculus Rift or the Kinect SDK, that you play while riding on a swing set. Once you pump yourself up to “cruising speed,” the program adjusts to your motion and times a visual program of flying through crowds. Combined with the weightlessness and momentum sensation that made you love the swings as a child, it creates a tangible illusion of flying.

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