Rob Tuitert designs interactive playground equipment at Yalp. With a passion for play, music and sports he is looking to combine these elements into his designs.
His graduation project at his Design Engineering studies at Delft University of Technology was the big Sona dance arch in 2006. After that he worked closely together with Thomas Hartong creating the interactive soccer wall, DJ table, learning posts, and digital soccer field.
By applying gaming elements in outdoor play structures the classic playground is evolved to an active gaming place for all ages.
Nowadays in more then 20 countries people are gaming outside on Yalp Interactive Playgrounds.
Gaming playgrounds: the new way to play outdoors
The world has changed: children spend more and more of their time on screens inside, instead of playing outside. It’s not only the children though: many people will recognize the addiction a smartphone can bring. A new generation of passive people is on the rise.
Or is it?
What if we could use this technology in a positive and fun way, to get more people moving again? What if you could have all the cool stuff games have like level ups and imaginary worlds with numerous play options, together with all the healthy and social benefits of playing outdoor, getting dirty and playing together with real people.
What would be the benefits of these new playgrounds? What are the things that you need to avoid, and the elements that bring success?
How can we get not only children, but also grown-ups, people with a disability, girls and boys, elderly or children in hospitals, etc. moving?
Rob will explain from his experience what works and what doesn’t, and how he sees the future of outdoor play.