Modular trampoline builds into a bouncy playground
By C.C. Weiss
September 24, 2012
As fun as the trampoline is, it's but a small oasis of bounce in a world ruled by rigid ground. The SMB Trampoline modulus finds out what happens when you expand the trampoline into entire networks. What happens is a lot more bouncy fun.
After 20 years in the trampoline business, SMB Seilspielgerate GmbH Berlin has realized that the trampoline would be more fun if it was bigger – a lot bigger. The Trampoline modulus system starts with three trampoline building blocks – a square and two types of elbows. Each single block could presumably serve as its own small trampoline, but the real magic in the modulus system is in its ability to build into large, custom-designed trampolines. When connected, single blocks grow into springy networks - walkways, loops, figure 8s, etc.
Using the Trampoline modulus, municipalities and schools could build full trampoline parks and play areas, creating a new type of exercise and amusement for children. And those with the room and money could build such super-trampolines at home.
Besides just plain fun, the modulus trampoline can serve as a means of exercise and training. SMB mentions that modulus designs can help children with balance, rhythm and teamwork. A sprawling trampoline complex also seems like one of the few things that might just motivate children to drop the joystick and head outdoors.
SMB offers both individual building blocks and pre-designed kits like the Big Rallye (pictured), which it says can accommodate up to 33 hop-hungry kids. The blocks do not require a foundation and install directly into the ground. The in-ground components are galvanized and corrosion resistant.
The Trampoline modulus earned an honorable mention in the 2012 Red Dot Award design competition.
Source: Red Dot