June 06, 2013

Cycle the World Virtually with Google Street View

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.


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