Another stationary bike VR rig

[Shingo] shared his implementation of a stationary bike as a virtual reality interface. This is similar to the Google Street View setup we covered a week ago but goes a few steps further. They patched into the bike computer to pick up rotation of the bicycle wheel and added an accelerometer for directional control. This setup can navigate through Street View but the video after the break also details an interface with Google Earth and even the ability to navigate through Second Life, following your avatar as it bikes along with you. The use of a wearable display is far superior to something like the SurfShelf and really gives you a goal other than just some cold-weather exercise. So take this idea, patch it into a wearable computer and you’ve got the exercise setup worthy of the future world we’ve been promised.


  1. Jesse says:

    this would be really interesting to use for games like grand theft auto and other open world types of games. Not necessarily for completing the game, but for exploring and looking for hidden packages and such.

  2. cnawan says:

    Neat, now all I need to do is make that mountainbike simulator I’ve been fantasising about.

    The vid gives me an idea – use google earth for the coarse texture of the ground. Grind on Niagara Falls, jump between buildings like a giant.

  3. farthead says:

    Why are all these bike VR rigs using crappy bikes? Come on let’s use a Recumbent so it’s comfortable and you get a better workout.

    Yes recumbent pedaling uses all the muscles in your legs unlike the crappy standard bike based on horribly outdated technology.

  4. Andar_b says:

    Actually, if you’re pedaling correctly, a standard bike uses all the muscles as well. Besides, if you’re using rollers or riding the bike normally, you’re using your core to balance, instead of kicking it tricycle style.

  5. leucos says:

    Note that this has been done some time ago in exhibits set-up by the french trip-hop band EZ3kiel.

    They create very nice streampunk exhibits.
    You can watch them here (sorry the video is in french).

  6. ms619 says:

    You’ve been posting some good stuff. But you relaly need to add a bike-hacks category.

  7. this idea sounds good

  8. radcomputer says:

    argh – i just bought a vr trainer from tacx for a fortune

  9. apple fanboi says:

    or… you could go outside and ride a bike irl

  10. Cool! I like that idea. You are exercising and got to bike inside the house…with your avatar. Very brilliant and interesting! I want to experience that. You are even far from any accidents unlike outdoor biking.
    Hope to see more of your exhibits.

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