Staying In And Playing Skyrim Has Rarely Been This Healthy

Looking to add some activity to your day but don’t want to go through a lot of effort? [D10D3] has the perfect solution that enables you to take a leisurely bike ride through Skyrim. A standing bicycle combines with an HTC Vive (using the add-on driver VorpX which allows non-vr enabled games to be played with a VR headset) and a Makey Makey board to make slack-xercise — that’s a word now — part of your daily gaming regimen.

The Makey Makey is the backbone of the rig; it allows the user to set up their own inputs with electrical contacts that correspond to keyboard and mouse inputs, thereby allowing one to play a video game in some potentially unorthodox ways — in this case, riding a bicycle.

Setting up a couple buttons for controlling the Dragonborn proved to be a simple process. Buttons controlling some of the main inputs were plugged into a breadboard circuit which was then connected to the Makey Makey along with the ground wires using jumpers. As a neat addition, some aluminium foil served as excellent contacts for the handlebars to act as the look left and right inputs. That proved to be a disorienting addition considering the Vive’s head tracking also moves the camera.

Bike Full View

Zip-tying the breadboard and buttons to the bike completed this simple and health-conscious hack that works like a charm. If you’re looking for another way to keep active, how about a personal energy orb that encourages physical activity?

[via /r/DIY]

4 thoughts on “Staying In And Playing Skyrim Has Rarely Been This Healthy

  1. I’d like to see the mag trainer replaced with a generator. The generator would power the computer. No peddling no power to run the system :)

    My ex wife used to set the mag trainer up in front of the tv in the lounge room and watch the Tour de France while she rode along.

  2. That is something i’ve thought for sometimes, but it takes time to make a bike peddaling generator… And that time is time that i spent not playing… :p

    And there is a small (big) drawback, i have to play with mouse and keyboard, so i have to be porperly seated on a chair..

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