It is one thing to be able to travel through an area or map in virtual reality (VR), but one man in the UK has taken it to another level and literally turns it up a notch as he decides to cycle the length of Britain – which includes the general mass of England, Scotland, and Wales – using a stationary bicycle and a Gear VR.
Everything that Aaron Puzey, videogame developer and bike enthusiast, is cycling through is mapped out with Google Maps – all 837 miles of it. The trip starts all the way down in Land’s End, the southern most part of England in Cornwall, and all the way up to John O’Groats up in Scotland.
The way Puzey has constructed this whole project is with his own app he developed which visually allows him to move through the map, having to hit certain connecting points to advance further and acknowledge him following the route. This then results in a smooth transition through the Google Street View.
In a CNET report, Puzey tells of his time during the project: “I’ve been riding the exercise bike for years, just half an hour each day, but it’s just a bit monotonous.
“I’d been day dreaming for a while about the possibility of using VR to make it a bit more fun and now of course the technology has arrived to make it happen.”
Despite his troubles with VR motion sickness, Puzey has been making his way across the land virtually. The video below is a roundup of what happened during the 100-200km section, which only covered a small portion of his entire journey.
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