Several new products will be highlighted by Polin in its exhibits at three major trade shows in fall 2017: IAAPA Euro Attractions Show (EAS) in Berlin; World Waterpark Association (WWA) in West Palm Beach; IAAPA International Attractions Expo (IAE) in Orlando.
Slide ‘n Score
Combines competitive gaming with riding a waterslide. Guests collect a remote controller from a kiosk and log in before entering the ride, choosing one of five difficulty levels. Strapping the unit onto an arm and slipping controllers over their fingers, players have access to multiple buttons that match LED-illuminated targets within the ride.
As guests shoot through the waterslide – which can be either body slides or tube slides – they collect points by pushing the button that matches each target at precise points while sliding past. At the end of each sliding session, guests can observe their score on screens positioned in the landing area.
Advantages touted by Polin: Easy to learn and play, boards or rafts are optional due to the option for installation within standard tube slides, accurate positioning system without use of RFID tags, social media integration
Last year, Polin introduced VR simulators as part of its product line. This year, the trend continues with Polin’s first VR waterslide, developed in cooperation with French software company Polymorph. SPLASH VR is the result of an 8-month R&D process, and its first installation is at The Land of Legends, a new resort development in Antalya, Turkey for which Polin was a primary supplier. [see “Turkish Splash,” IPM issue #64, Sept. 2016]
According to Polin, SPLASH VR is unique in allowing a VR experience to be deployed as an overlay to an existing waterslide system, and retaining the structural integrity of the slides.
Polin also emphasizes the following design features:
• Indoor “user-tracking” that can be deployed on any slide without affecting the integrity of the slide. Based on a radio wave system, it allows the helmet to know exactly where it is located in the slide by triangulation.
• Waterproof, 3D-printed VR helmets. The helmets display media in 360 degrees, calculate real-time position in the slide, and are designed for comfort as well as an immersive experience.
• Dedicated, custom media player, able to synchronize playback with the guest’s movements and position in the slide.
Mantis – new waterslide concept
At this writing, Polin has provided only a teaser description of MANTIS as an “A-Class signature waterslide” that will have its industry premiere in Orlando at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in November 2017.
Slide ’n Roll
Polin describes this new offering as combining all the company’s exclusive technologies – unique sound, lighting and design special effects – into one slide that delivers a full range of sensory stimuli for guests throughout the ride.
The stated benefits of Slide ‘n Roll include ease of operation and maintenance, fluorescent effects with special high-tech resin and open-ended theming possibilities.
Polin will showcase a range of new functions for the SplashWare System, which launched in 2016. SplashWare is a custom, cloud-based “Slide Information System” designed to provide modular solutions for the aquatics and waterslide industry.
The SplashWare system offers a wide range of products geared to operators’ needs in such areas as slide safety, reducing operational risks and costs, enhancing the guest experience, encouraging repeat visitation, boosting marketing efficiency, optimizing capacity utilization and facilitating new sources of revenue.