What's New | May 2020
Play Area Assessment Software
Timberplay, designer and installer of wooden play equipment, has introduced a new and improved version of Simply Play, its software assisting in the design of play areas. The updated tool is now streamlined, with its online performance enhanced so the program can be used more effectively on handheld devices. The new Simply Play uses 32 questions across eight themes. The survey allows users to analyze several factors in any given space. Completed results are then emailed to the assessor as an easy-to-understand infographic that can serve as a reference point for identifying areas of a play space that need improvement. Created as a part of a knowledge transfer partnership between Timberplay and Sheffield Hallam University in England, Simply Play combines the know-how of the two organizations in creating software to benefit the development of play spaces.
Personal Watercraft Coaster
Maurer Rides’ latest concept allows riders to “glide” or “jump” over water while imagining they’re not on a track, rather riding on water. Maurer’s new design is rooted in piloting personal watercraft, using the company’s Spike Drive ride system. Spike Drive turns passengers into drivers on roller coasters, by allowing them to control their vehicle’s acceleration and breaking along a track. On the new coaster, a rider can give their personal watercraft some throttle, and the two-seat vehicle will set off through a variety of elements that mimic a ride on the open water. The first concept is named Spike Miami and reflects the vibrant colors of Miami Beach, Florida. Maurer says other design concepts can easily be accommodated, like adding a water effect to help riders visualize riding on the water. Maurer designed the two-seat vehicle to be lightweight and enter the market with a relatively low investment.