At the India Gaming Show 2017, I had the opportunity to ride a cycle in virtual reality. Let me explain. There was a cycle connected to some hardware which was in turn connected to a very powerful laptop. Also connected to the laptop was the Oculus Rift headset. I put on the headset, got on the bike and started peddling. I was cycling through a countryside with a river on my left and the mountains on my right.
If you’d think this was a gimmicky VR experience, I’d say hang on for a few minutes and also check out the above video. The road began to rise and when I reached the upward slope, the peddling became harder, just as it does in the real world. When I started descending the slope the peddling became easier, again, just like the real world. I also got that queasy feeling in y stomach while descending the slope, the same one you get when a roller-coaster goes downhill. Looking down at the handle bar, I saw some fitness data such as calories burnt, distance travelled, heart rate, and more. The device is compatible with a number of fitness trackers.
That’s not all. If my friends sitting in Canada have the same app on their PC I can cycle with them as if they were right next to me and have a conversation with them too. All this without leaving the comfort of my makeshift home gym where my cycle is stationary but I’m cycling in any environment I chose. Now isn’t that cool?