An exciting new sports innovation idea will bring the Olympic experience of bobsled racing and canoe kayaking to B.C families this spring. Camosun College’s applied research centre, Camosun Innovates, is playing an important role in supporting the success of the new Richmond Olympic Experience developed in partnership with VROX Sport Simulation.
VROX is the company behind the research and development of new sports simulators. Camosun Innovates and the Camosun Technology Access Centre (CTAC) were hired by VROX to design and fabricate bobsled, sit-ski, and canoe kayak shells to work with motion capture platforms to create state-of-the-art sports simulators. These simulators are unique and will be an important part of the interactive rides soon to open at Richmond Olympic Experience (ROX) in Richmond BC.
This project allowed Camosun to hire a new graduate from the Mechanical Engineering Technology program to work with CTAC, designing and fabricating three exciting rides. In addition, this project has expanded Camosun’s capabilities of fabricating composite molds utilizing the college’s 5 Axis milling equipment. Involvement with this project has encouraged the Mechanical Engineering Department to expand its curriculum to include advanced composite manufacturing.
Camosun College’s expertise and technology allowed VROX to develop the new technology they required for a spring opening of Richmond Olympic Experience. For a taste of this interactive experience, click here.
The Richmond Olympic Experience (ROX) will be a highly interactive visitor experience celebrating the Olympic Spirit, the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (when Richmond was an Olympic Venue City), and the history of sport in Richmond. The ROX will have three floors of gallery space featuring displays, interactive media, and hands-on sporting simulations – offering visitors the experience of what it’s like to participate in an Olympic Sport.