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Hi-tech attraction offers fun for all ages

Air Puddle, an ­"interactive jumping experience", is currently drawing long queues of shopping-weary visitors on Edinburgh's Princes Mall.

It is being hailed by Scots inventor Nest Events as pioneering a new kind of complete family ­attraction, combining technology-enhanced ­physical activity for children with high-quality mobile craft and food retailing for adults.

Nest Events is a partnership of Shona Donaldson, director of award-winning film and events company Muckle Hen, and the Scots high-tech architect Pol Taylor, developer of the seasonal Edinburgh-­Barcelona Bubbleparc "action park" whose work also includes geodesic structures for Chilean military in the Antarctic. The pair are expecting about 10,000 people to visit Air Puddle over the six-week Edinburgh winter festival period, immediately recovering about half of the development costs of the high-tech attraction.

Donaldson and Taylor are using this year's launch as a testbed for a further development of air puddle, which uses laser technology to allow bouncers to interact with high-tech projections on a giant air pillow, giving children the illusion of rounding up sheep or stirring up shoals of fish while exercising.

Donaldson said: "Air Puddle has been a huge success but we think there is so much more we can do with it. We are working on a plan for 2014 to combine it with Boxsmall, an architect-designed market concept that combines the best of Scottish crafts with a high-end food offering.

"The whole idea was born out of my frustration as a mother of a toddler about how there was nothing available that combined fun and challenging ­activities for kids with quality experiences for their parents. We think that the Boxsmall and Air Puddle combination has huge potential, not just in this wonderful setting in Edinburgh but throughout Scotland and beyond."

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