Play As A Virtual Racing Driver While Riding Your VirZoom Stationary Bike


Virtual Reality is getting better and better, and the developers are currently busy working on all kinds of applications and games for the headsets that will be released in 2016. A different and strange accessory is VirZoom, a stationary bike which works with VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift or the PlayStation VR, and it can be used by anyone who loves exercising and to pedal a bike. But the VirZoom isn’t an ordinary stationary bike, as it’s equipped with sensors and software, being transformed into a VR motion controller which can be connected to a PS4 console or PC.

VirZoom isn’t the first accessory released by the Boston company, but it’s the only one that has VR capabilities and while the user is pedaling, his/her experience will not be boring because with the headset that connects to it, he/she will play a racing game and the car’s speed will be controlled by pedaling harder. In another game, the users can fly over the trees and hills and, again, they will control the altitude by pedaling faster. These types of games will motivate the VirZoom owners to achieve their goal and reach their dream weight.

The stationary bike will be released next year and the retail price will be $250, but the first 300 customers who will preorder it will pay only $200. It will resemble a normal folding bike, only that it will have buttons and triggers integrated into the two handles which the owners will push to control the action in their games. Also, they will pay an annual subscription of $10 to benefit from the fitness tracking software, which will be updated occasionally and will receive new games every now and then.

For starters, it will be compatible with three important VR headsets: Oculus Rift, Sony PlayStation VR and HTC Vive, which are able to track head movements and influence the movement in the game.

Sources: RechnologyReview and TheVerge.