Widerun Is Bringing Virtual Reality To Cycling
That wonderful time is not too far when you will ride an indoor bike through virtual domains. An Italian startup who is working for the progression of virtual reality (VR) from music, sports, broadcasting etc to the territory of fitness, has met with more than 20% success in its Kickstarter project, called Widerun.
The kickstarter campaign was launched in order to raise money which company believes is necessary to bring the device to the market. The company has earned $10,000 since March 18 which are still far behind than its actual target of raising $45,000. The startup, however, if keeps raising funds with same ratio, can reach its ultimate goal in next 6 or 7 weeks.
If the startup successfully brings the virtual reality to bike riding, Widerun will be a spectacular experience for the cycling and fitness lovers. Along with Widerun’s very own virtual worlds, the company will make use of couple of other VR systems. These include Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.
The bike trainer which encapsulates both hardware and software is attached to the rear wheel of the bike. Bluetooth LE is used in order to connect Widerun trainer with VR headset or smartphones that can run VR displays. After this, Widerun app starts its feast as it loads all the elements of your sensation — which include roads, peaks and much more — into interactive VR headset and bike trainer.
Then begins the real magic, the real wonder experience, the real demonstration of marvel of VR: you remain where you are but you feel as if you are descending the steeps and crossing the forests; your body gives you feeling of all the tedium and amazing journeys you make in the wonderlands of virtual world.
The Kickstarter page of the startup reads:
“Like most people, we find indoor training uninspiring!Both in the gym and in the basement, cycling while staring at a wall is monotonous and requires no engagement with your physical environment, a VR cycling trainer can change indoor training into a varied and stimulating experience by providing a great combination of immersive VR courses, videogame type challenges and social interconnection and interaction.”
The widerun trainer will be priced at about $450, but for that the kickstarter has to accomplish its target.