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Crazy Skyscraper Daredevil Climber

Walk along a 6" ledge 400 stories up, if you stumble, you plummet to the ground.
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A virtual reality room with video screens surrounding you projecting the scene from an actual skyscraper ledge hundreds of stories up.

As you walk along the model building holding on for dear life, wind buffets you, the cars move below, clouds even float by. It's a bit like one of those rock climbing walls except that when you fall, the safety lanyard senses this and all the surrounding screens portray a video shot by a 360 degree camera actually dropped from the building giving you the feeling that you're actually falling.

Hey, "Walk Through Rain Room" guys, if you steal this one at least give me credit this time OK?

doctorremulac3, Mar 30 2019

Your first jump. https://www.youtube...watch?v=gXwLNQKpgvc
Shanghai Tower [doctorremulac3, Mar 30 2019]

Makes yer nads crawl almost right inside ya... https://ca.video.se...d695c13&action=view
...almost. [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Apr 01 2019]

/r/SweatyPalms https://www.reddit.com/r/sweatypalms
For a lot more like the immediately above-linked video (and other scary stuff) [notexactly, Apr 01 2019]


       Got your back, [doc]. Call me as a witless in the proof of concept/patent case.
Sgt Teacup, Mar 30 2019

       Thanks Sarge.   

       Well, clock's running now. I've got 12 months till this is public domain.
doctorremulac3, Mar 30 2019

       OK, talking to somebody about this and they said "Sounds fun but I'm not in good enough shape to do rock climbing rides like that."   

       So, variation: "Base Jumper".   

       You're in a room with the rest of the people on the ride and virtually base jump from various structures, mountain cliffs, etc.   

       When you jump, the high resolution screens around you portray the fall till you ALMOST hit the bottom, then the bungee cord gives a slight tug and as you look up, a video representation of a parachute opening above your head is shown as you're lowered to the ground.   

       Advantage of this is you could get fifty or so riders in a circular room with the video screens all around and make some money by having lots of riders at once.   

       Once everybody has base jumped off of the tallest building in Hong Kong, they're lifted back up to the ledge for the next jump. Victoria falls. Half Dome, even Mount Everest (presumably in a wing suit)   

       I'd do this.
doctorremulac3, Mar 30 2019

       I like that. Even if you didn't do the falling video thing, you could have a scary walk through with just the video of the upper story view. Maybe like a tight rope where you have a very thick rope lying on the ground that you try to keep your balance on. If you lost your balance, you'd just slip off the rope an inch or so, but coupled with the video it could be pretty scary. So people would compare how many times they "fell", trying again to get through.   

       Back to the lanyard, I was thinking that the lanyard's movement of even a few feet could simulate the drop so that coupled with the visual you'd really get an enhanced sense of falling.   

       And you could do this as a walk through deal or just one where everybody is lined up in a harness and they all drop at once.   

       I've been in those VR flight simulators, they're very realistic with only a few feet of movement when coupled with the synced video.   

       An alternative to the lanyard would just be harness like affairs that you just stood on and held onto. These could move a few feet to add to the effect as well.
doctorremulac3, Mar 30 2019

       Camp Teacup's lawyers are standing by to create the paperwork absolving Crazy Skyscraper for any knock-on effects in our rapidly disintegrating/sickening/aging user population, such as stroke or heart attack caused by over-excitement.   

       Come to think of it, this is an excellent adjunct to the 'right to die' movement, without the long, lingering misery in hospital beds. Whatta wayta go!!
Sgt Teacup, Mar 30 2019

       Lol, now THAT'S some out of the box thinking.
doctorremulac3, Mar 30 2019

       Please see my comment on Twist And Shout Rope Bridge   

       Then think ditto.
blissmiss, Mar 30 2019

       // Maybe like a tight rope where you have a very thick rope lying on the ground that you try to keep your balance on. If you lost your balance, you'd just slip off the rope an inch or so, but coupled with the video it could be pretty scary. So people would compare how many times they "fell", trying again to get through. //   

       I like that idea, but I suggest putting crash mats on the floor. People will fall in a way that doesn't anticipate landing as soon as they actually will, so they'll get hurt otherwise.
notexactly, Mar 31 2019

       They'd have to be see through though so you could see the video of the "fall" below.   

       They have soft, rubbery see through plastic though, that shouldn't be a problem.
doctorremulac3, Mar 31 2019

       Oh, I guess. I was imagining a VR headset instead of a cave. You could make crash mats with projection screen material on them, and just project the floor imagery onto them.
notexactly, Mar 31 2019

       Yea, I'm thinking more of a group experience where you've got the room full of people, like with a roller coaster.
doctorremulac3, Mar 31 2019

       Then VR headsets will be more practical, I think. The only way I know of to make a multi-user cave, where each person sees their own perspective, is the castAR way: use very tightly retroreflective screens, and put the projectors on the users' heads.
notexactly, Apr 01 2019

       Yea, but nobody's going to pay ten bucks at an amusement park to do that.   

       For a home video game console it might be fun though.
doctorremulac3, Apr 01 2019

       So you mean kind of exactly like this? [link]... but interactive?   

       I don't get the whole 'let's explore Darwinism' movement that seems to be happening right now so it would probably be a winner with today's market.   


       And wow, yikes!. I'd say anybody doing this for real should probably get their head examined while it's still intact. I can see skydiving* maybe, but this stuff is insane.   

       * For others, not me.
doctorremulac3, Apr 01 2019

       Could easily turn into VR Suicide
hippo, Apr 01 2019

       I've never BASE jumped, but I've jumped plenty from planes. I can see the attraction of BASE, because (a) it's usually illegal and (b) you get a true sense of height and relative motion, which you don't completely get when your hanging out of a plane. (Favourite jump _ever_: hit snow on the way down; if you've never seen snowflakes coming up at you at 120mph you haven't lived.) What would scare the shit out of me is the climb out to the jumping off point.   

       Done right, BASE jumping isn't necessarily dangerous. But by "right", I'd mean jumping from something over 2500ft and with enough overhang to give you some space. In that case it's not so different from a low lob from a plane.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 01 2019

       //but I've jumped plenty from planes.//   

       And these are planes that had the wings, engines and fuselage intact? You're a braver man than me. I'd do it but there'd have to be a better reason than excitement.
doctorremulac3, Apr 01 2019

       He's jumped, because he's been invited to leave, the alternative being forciblyexpelled without a parachute.
8th of 7, Apr 01 2019

       //these are planes that had the wings, engines and fuselage intact?// More or less. To be fair, the pilots weren't always people you'd trust with a landing.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 01 2019

       [MB] was a Chilean revolutionary, during his formative years.   

       Lots of experience "jumping" out of aircraft.
UnaBubba, Apr 05 2019

       The jumping is easy. It's the landing that's tricky.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 05 2019


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