News

High-tech trampoline has kids leaping into the future

THE classic backyard trampoline has been given a high-tech twist, incorporating iPad games and sensors to engage children in the digital age.

On Monday, Springfree Trampoline launched the world's first 'Smart Trampoline' in Australia alongside a series of iPad games and apps designed to encourage kids to get outdoors and be more active.

Sensors across the mat connect with an iPad or similar device which can be hooked up to a bracket attached to the netting around the trampoline.

The user would then use their body as a controller for the tablet, jumping up, down or sideways across the trampoline to register their movements.

Springfree's managing director and owner of a Smart Trampoline Leanne Fretwell said the games, which range from educational problem-solving exercises to virtual fruit-squashing competitions, can be enjoyed by children of almost every age.

"My boy is six, and it's amazing how quickly he's learned to use it," she said.

"I was watching him the other day, and he had [our trampoline] configured upside down, and it was quite interesting to watch him figure that out with a few little jumps here and there and work through those cognitive skills."

AIR TIME: Lewis Fretwell tests out the new 'Smart Trampoline'.
AIR TIME: Lewis Fretwell tests out the new 'Smart Trampoline'. Warren Lynam

The Kunda Park company's marketing manager Phillip Hay said the early feedback they've had suggests kids are using the smart trampolines to get outside more frequently and for longer.

He said the 'smart' factor meant it was easy for children and adults to forget they were exercising while bouncing.

"If you told me I had to go outside and do a 40 minute run, that's just not appealing," he said.

"But if I'm squashing aliens or fruit, you don't realise how quickly the time has gone and you don't realise you're actually burning a lot of calories.

"You use almost every muscle in the body and the cardiovascular side is great too."

There are even workouts incorporating star jumps and bottom drops for fit-minded parents, although Ms Fretwell admitted she was more attracted to the playful games.

"I'm really competitive, so I haven't really done the fitness development ones, just the games," she laughed.

"You can have a family leaderboard for some competition within the family or we have a global leaderboard you can compete on."

Mr Hay said the company also had a software development kit available for young people interested in coding or software design to create their own games for the trampoline.

"Our apps are open-sourced, so kids can come up with their own games, challenges or apps to be submitted for commercial consideration," he said.

"We currently have 13 apps available, but this time next year it could be 113."

Springfree Trampolines recently won two of the Australian Good Design Awards for product design in the Sport and Lifestyle sub-category and digital design in the Interface Design sub-category.

Topics:  business exercise health kids kids activities technology



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Learner drivers given helping hand with new app

A pilot of the innovative AAMI SmartPlates app is underway with more than 100 learner drivers.

The AAMI Smartplates App pilot program will run until January 2017

Local Partners

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!