V+: an interactive climbing wall


If you have ever climbed or bouldered before, you know how much fun and addictive it is. With V+ I decided to add interaction through the use of LED lights which have been programmed to display different levels of climbing through the use of the Bluetooth LE Module from adafruit. Through the Adafruit Bluefruit LE Connect App, anyone can choose the level they wish to try. This first prototype of the wall is currently installed at the PoD Gallery at SVA, it will be up until January 10th 2017. Come visit!

For a peak into the making process for this prototype please visit the Instructable page. The process was long, but this was a super fun piece to make. From mold-making the holds, to doing the circuitry, it was worth the time and effort, specially now that I can climb it.


I am specially excited about finding a permanent place for the wall at PoD. Climbing is very fun, and good for taking a break and de-stress.

Thank you to my classmates and our awesome professor Becky Stern for a wonderful class this semester.

Author: Alexia Cohen

Alexia is a Belgian-Venezuelan-American designer living in New York City. She received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Jewelry and Metalsmithing in 2006 with honors and distinction. Soon after graduating she established her studio and started exhibiting her Jewelry work in various galleries and trade shows across the U.S. After moving to NY in 2009, Alexia was hired as the Jewelry Studio Technician and as a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. During her time at Pratt she had the opportunity to enroll in Industrial Design classes and eventually decided to pursue design more seriously by accepting a seat at the Products of Design MFA at the School of Visual Arts. At PoD Alexia has had the opportunity to engage in projects involving design research, user experience, systems thinking, and sustainable practices—which combined with her entrepreneurial spirit, make her ready to tackle complex challenges with curiosity and ingenuity. Making and experimentation often go beyond the studio space for her, lately the kitchen counter has seen some examples of wild fermentation through sourdough bread baking, and her hands have developed new muscles through a new-found love for rock climbing and adventure. Alexia’s aspiration is to join a team of likeminded designers and professionals to further develop her design and leadership skills, looking towards a more resilient and sustainable future. Interested in working with Alexia? please e-mail her at: cohen.alexia@gmail.com

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