Cycle: Mechanized Virtual Bike Ride

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Cycle: Mechanized Virtual Bike Ride

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Eric Hagan of ITP demonstrates “Cycle”, a stationary bike that’s mechanically connected to a giant wheel with scenery sculpted upon it’s circumference.

A camera gives a close-up view of the wheel’s surface and broadcasts to a monitor in front of the user, simulating a bike ride through a forest. As the user speeds up, so does the passing scenery, and gradually comes to a stop as he/she stops pedaling.

8 thoughts on “Cycle: Mechanized Virtual Bike Ride

  1. Aaron Shaw says:

    With enough lighting they could do a direct projection, like an opaque projector does.

  2. mike hughes says:

    needs different gear ratio. speed on the screen and pedal speed don’t match at all.

    1. Jeff S. says:

      I was just going to say the same thing. He’s not working nearly hard enough to be going that “fast.”

      Love this project though! Ridiculous and wonderful at the same time.

      1. Michael Colombo says:

        Though consider that it may have been Eric’s intent to have an effortless ride after riding for a certain point.

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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