New Tech May Have Athletes Climbing the Walls


New Tech May Have Athletes Climbing the Walls

Introduction To New Tech

Rock climbing is such a common form of exercise these days that it has found its way into indoor gym-ing rooms. This can be overwhelming not just to climb but also to watch. More than that, one major problem is to find one such indoor climbing room available during the week because of the mad rush for them. This is why, LUNAR Europe, which is a Munich based studio that designs came up with new tech that allows you to shift this rock climbing exercise right into your home. This is a new tech and the kind of home-climbing system and is called Nova.

New Tech May Have Athletes Climbing the Walls
New Tech May Have Athletes Climbing the Walls

The Looks

What is most attractive about this new tech is that it looks beautiful, so it works as a showpiece or a work of art when it is not being used. It has various patterns that are cut out on its surface, and an app can help you track the route you take while climbing. You can also select what kind, of course, you want basing on your level of expertise, and the Nova will highlight that route of climbing on its surface and track how much of it you follow.

The Doubt

Expert climbers and athletes have their doubts about this new tech because they believe it is not as challenging as climbing in real life is. It lacks the real challenger like overlaps and holds that may cramp fingers and the general chalk dust residue that the previous climber often leaves behind in an actual climbing scenario. Nova potentially reduces the risk factor involved in climbing, thereby robbing the exercise of its thrill.

New Tech May Have Athletes Climbing the Walls
New Tech May Have Athletes Climbing the Walls

A History About New Tech

Don Robinson made the first artificial climbing wall in 1964. This was perhaps the most unsafe of all artificial climbing walls because the holds were made of real rock glued to a hallway at the Leeds University where he was a professor. By 1987, there came about the first climbing gym in America known as “The Vertical World”. It was located in Seattle. Since then, there has been a constant change in materials, and it has moved from concrete and wood to fiberglass and steel. Usually, these days, the most appropriate texture is composite so that climbers get a real feeling of rock climbing. New tech like Nova has made a drastic departure from such composite surfaces in climbing, thereby making it easier an exercise as some athletes like to believe.

Other New Tech

There have been other artificial climbing walls like The ClimbStation and the Rotor Dynamic Wall from Climblock which use new tech to come up with different ways in which people can do climbing exercises at home. What makes it risky is that it provides no scope for supervision and are exorbitantly priced, thereby making them unaffordable. Another new tech that experiments with climbing walls is the Mt. Everclimb which is designed to be a never-ending climb and can be quite daunting if you are not used to expert level climbing.

As of now, LUNAR has not specified anything about whether Nova will be made available commercially. 

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