Travel the world on a treadmill with a virtual reality exercise app
Paofit is combining high-definition video with avatars and mobile technology to turn the treadmill into a virtual reality experience that takes runners and walkers through courses all over the world.
The app, currently available only for the iPad but in development for Andoid and iPhones, puts users in the middle of videos shot at locations like Tuscany, Italy and the Sequoia National Forest in California. Users open the app, download their course of choice, place their mobile device on the treadmill and calibrate the app. Then, the app will be able to draw data from the device’s accelerometer, causing the course to speed up or slow down based on the user’s cadence.
Avatars of others running the same course also appear in the app, creating a sense of camaraderie and challenge, Paofit says.
A partnership with Life Fitness allows the app to interact directly with its treadmills when the user’s device is connected via Life Fitness’s Track+ or Discover Tablet console. The company is also planning to release a treadmill speed sensor that will connect other treadmills with the app via Bluetooth.
While not quite VR just yet, you would have to think that this is just a matter of time. The lack of any vision of your surroundings could be an issue to work out, but as an example, home rowers all over the world could really enjoy something like this while in a VR setting.