This Waterfall Swing Is Awesome and We Totally Want One in Our Backyard

This sure looks like fun!

The Waterfall Swing is an interactive art collaboration between Mike O’Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas and Andrew Witte and built at Dash 7 Design.

How the Waterfall Swing Works:

Water recirculates through 273 independently controlled solenoid valves at the top of the structure to create a wall of water. This water starts from a collection pool on the ground and is pumped up to a large pipe that feeds the solenoids. Sensors mounted on the swingset 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.

Although the folks who designed this awesome gadget don’t have any plans to manufacture it for consumers, they do have the technical specifications posted on their website. So, if you happen to have any engineering buddies, it’s probably time to give them a call!

As for us? We’ll just have to settle for placing the hose over the swing set this summer and getting drenched. Oh well.