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ZETA: Adaptive Climbing Equipment

Rock climbing has become increasingly popular in recent years and has garnered a lot of attention in the media especially after its debut in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Climbing as a sport offers full body activation and mental benefits. However, those with physical impairments are unable to fully experience everything that climbing has to offer. Current products and technologies such as traditional harnesses and climbing walls are primarily targeted to able-bodied users but innovation towards adaptive climbing products is lacking. At its core, climbing is an individual sport. Those with physical impairments lack the ability to be independent. How can we make the climbing experience more independent for these users? Overall, how can we further enhance the sense of accomplishment for those feeling inadequate about their lack of mobility?

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