The future of playgrounds?

The future of playgrounds?

This bizarre-looking contraption could be your child's new best friend in the playground.


It's an interactive climbing frame that can roam play areas searching for children to play with it. It's been designed as a dynamic and playful addition to play areas and parks to encourage children to engage with technology from an early age.

The frames, or MORPHs, respond to their environment, with pressure sensors in the rubber balls so you can squeeze it to tell it which way to move and an inbuilt GPS to keep it in one place. So if it's moving on its own, it won't leave the park or playground.

It was created by William Bondin of the Interactive Architecture Lab at UCL with children in mind. It's slow moving, so children can anticipate which way it'll move, and its sensors also tell it if there's something in its way or if a child is swinging from it or trying to push it.

The prototype is around 1.5 metres high and can take up to 30kg in weight, and while it's only a prototype it's a great insight into what playgrounds could look like in the future.


MORPHS 2.0 - First walk in the park from Interactive Architecture Lab on Vimeo.

On going research at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL into the design of Mobile Reconfigurable Polyhedra (Morphs)


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