A set of prototype stationary bikes has been rigged up to a computer to allow riders to explore the online world, SecondLife. Sensors on the bikes read the velocity of the turning wheels and the direction of the handlebars, allowing the avatar to interact with the virtual world. There is even an "ET button"--think E.T, the movie--that lets the rider take flight.
Implications - The bikes are based on the models you would find at a gym or the ones you purchase for exercising at home. The makers are still working on other prototypes for the near future if consumers accept the idea. It is cool that you have the ability to exercise while playing your favorite computer game!
Real Exercise in a Virtual World
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