Researchers in Japan have created a Virtual Cycling system that allows stationary cyclists virtually cycle any city in the world using Google maps Street View technology.
Purpose built hardware connected to the stationary bicycle sends data to a computer which then updates the street view imagery at a rate which matches the cyclists speed. Helmet sensors allow the rider to turn left or right, and in a nice touch a fan blows harder as the cyclists speed increases. While currently not a feature yet, using topography data from Google maps it would be possible to make pedaling harder up virtual hills.
Currently there is no launch date or pricing for the Virtual Cycling System.
June 06, 2013
Cycle the World Virtually with Google Street View
Father of two, husband of one, lover of family, bicycles and running.
Urban Cycling Consultant, Tokyo By Bike.
Byron Kidd is the founder of the Tokyo By Bike website, writer, experienced urban cyclist, and expert on cycling in the staggering metropolis of Tokyo.
Working with NPO's and cycling activists to improve cycling infrastructure in Japan, Byron also operates internationally via a vast network of renowned urban mobility experts to promote Japanese cycling culture, and demonstrate how everyday cycling can work in megacities around the world. No city is too big for the bicycle.
Day Job, Software Developer.
Writing code and stuff, for games and things.