British programmer invents an exercise bike for virtual travel

What to do in your free time from work? The number of options in this case can be equal to infinity. However, out of all this variety, the young British programmer Pazi chose to travel by bike ... from the comfort of his home. To do this, he combined a conventional exercise bike and a Samsung Gear VR virtual reality helmet.

It turned out to be a rather simple device, for the full-fledged operation of which the Briton developed a special application that uses data from Google Street View, combined into a single 3D space.

The programmer synchronized the panorama of each street with the rhythm of the exercise bike. Thus, while pedaling, the picture passing by gives the impression of a real bike trip. True, as the YouTube video suggests, the end effect is not always impressive. However, Pazi is not at all embarrassed by this.

The inventor decided to make his first virtual journey, having “driven” across the whole of Great Britain from the extreme southern point to John O'Groats in the north.

"I am so merged with the feeling of cycling, " he shares his feelings, "that I am constantly trying to turn the steering wheel to avoid another obstacle."

Pazi intends to bring his creation to perfection, adding dozens of new routes to its database. Now, having come home after work in the evening, the user will be able to descend into the valley along the winding mountain trails of the Alps, cross the vast plains of Mongolia or ride through the streets of New York, without fear of bad weather and the danger of getting into an accident.