With issues surrounding simulator sickness and more, virtual reality (VR) faces a number of challenges when it comes to the fitness industry. Replicating exciting bike rides and more within your own living room is certainly appealing, but could well end up doing more harm than good to some users. Icarus, a new device from Germany company HYVE, isn’t interested in replicating intensive experiences, however. Instead, this unique new concept simply hopes to motivate others to exercise by transporting them to new environments while they do so.
As reported by The Creators Project, Icarus is a VR workout station that takes users on a number of activities as they exercise. Experiences range from soaring above a wooded area to deep sea diving. The idea is to utilise consumer’s love of videogames and digital experiences while also eliminating the detracting factors of working out such as boredom. The device uses accelerometers to track movements that are then used as input commands within the given experience. Users are essentially controlling a videogame with their body, then, and getting fit while doing so.
A crowd-funding campaign is planned for Icarus this summer, though a specific date or funding goal is yet to be announced. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with the latest updates on them.