Stationary bikes make it easier to train at home or increase the stamina for cycling in the real world. But for whatever reason, sitting on a fake bike and staring at a television just doesn’t feel “real”. That is why Muoverti developed the TiltBike, a stationary bike that you can tilt and steer while cycling through 3D worlds.
There are several advantages to riding a tilting exercise bike. For me, the big selling point is that it’s fun. But as Muoverti explains, tilting gives you a more immersive indoor driving experience, it helps keep your core active, and it can improve your balance for real world driving.
Interestingly, the TiltBike has interchangeable parts so you can quickly swap out frames, seats or handlebars. It also includes some joysticks and buttons for Xbox games like Reiter Republicalthough I think you can use these controls in any game (like the guy on YouTube who uses Nintendo’s training controller to play Zelda).
Of course, several people have wondered whether the TiltBike is practical or not. If it can’t mimic the conditions that make tipping easier in the real world (AKA the threat of eating sidewalk), then won’t it feel like one of those cheesy, drivable motorcycle arcade games?
Although we haven’t had the chance to try a TiltBike yet, Muoverti says electromagnetic resistance algorithms help simulate wind and rolling resistance. The company is also really excited about tipping over when braking on their stationary bike, which could feel really cool if the physics are properly simulated.
Muoverti hasn’t announced any prices for its TiltBike, but similar products like the BowFlex VeloCore cost thousands of dollars. It’s slated to hit the market sometime in 2022 and be available with or without a display depending on your preference (or budget).
Source: Muoverti via Engadget
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