Physical exercise is performed for various reasons, including strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, and weight loss or maintenance.
The U.S. Center of Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get about four hours of physical activity each week. Americans, on average, fall short of these recommendations. Often people ignore physical exercise as they find it boring.
People spend huge sums of money on health club memberships yearly that 67% percent never use. Most home fitness equipment goes into disuse within months of purchase.
A company called VirZOOM has invented a new form of exercise using Virtual Reality. People love to play video games. Video games provide an interesting immersive experience to users.
Accordingly, VirZOOM has developed a bike with integrated sensors that measure the pedaling speed. The riders wear a VR headset while riding the bike. The faster they pedal in the real world, the faster they move in the virtual world. Riders can steer by leaning their body to each side. Further, action buttons, triggers and d-pad on the handlebars enable advanced game-play. Riders can control movement of bikes, cars, tanks and horses in the virtual reality using the bike.
Publication number: US 20160300390
Patent Title: Virtual Reality Exercise Game
Publication date: 13 Oct 2016
Filing date: 31 Mar 2016
Inventors: Eric Malafeew;
Original Assignee: Virzoom, Inc.