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Games Controlled By An Exercise Bike

Hemos posted more than 11 years ago | from the no-more-excues-fat-butt dept.

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Fidigit writes "I know that most people reading this won't be _that_ interested in exercise, but given there's tech with it ... What do you think about computer games controlled by an exercise bike in your house? It sounds crazy, but it might just work." Update: 01/14 00:14 GMT by T : An anonymous reader points to another example of the same concept.

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Anyone know the difference between awk and sed? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076668)

I just don't get it.

Re:Anyone know the difference between awk and sed? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076696)

fuck you. i hope you cough a corn kernel up your nose while eating your feces out of the toilet and die a horrible shit-stained corn kernel suffocation death.

yay! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076703)

gooten taag!

Re:yay! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076726)

lol

You Idiot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076749)

It's the Korn shell, not "corn".

1st Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076669)

lol 1st post

YOU FAIL IT! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076711)

How does it feel to be a big fat FAILURE?

YOU FAIL IT!

eat shit and die (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076672)

that is right. third first post in a week. that means you get to eat shit and die while i get to not eat shit and die.

YOU FAIL IT! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076690)

YUO != FP Enjoy eating that shit-burger!

fp (-1, Offtopic)

BrodieBruce (575127) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076676)

fp maybe?

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076937)

brenda.....DICK!!!

this is stupid (-1, Troll)

utdpenguin (413984) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076677)

go ahead, mod me down. its my honest opinion

Re:this is stupid (2)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076738)

"this is stupid...go ahead, mod me down. its my honest opinion"

You won't get modded down for having an honest yet harsh opinion. What will get you modded down is a lack of reasoning as to why you think it's stupid.

I agree with you, it is stupid. But at least say what about it bugs ya the most.

*preach preach preach*

Isn't this old news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076680)

I thought that there was something likes this for the NES way back in the day.

FP btw

Re:Isn't this old news? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076721)

Actually, it was for the SNES [gamersgraveyard.com] .

equilibrium (2, Funny)

danthedanish (632820) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076683)

stay lazy playing video games or burn calories? The choice was never more easy than now.

Re:equilibrium (2)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076832)

"stay lazy playing video games or burn calories? The choice was never more easy than now."

Just wait until they come out with an interactive chin-up bar!

Slashdot really needs to cath up... (4, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076856)

"What do you think about computer games controlled by an exercise bike in your house? It sounds crazy, but it might just work."

Wow, exercise bicycles with video games attached to them? I can't wait until Slashdot covers Rob the Video Robot!

Eh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076686)

This was done years ago...plus it's Playstation, kinda outdated, although Burnout is actually for PS2 so who knows.

IN SOVIET RUSSIA (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076691)

Exercise bike controls YOU!

Been there, done that... (2)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076695)

Games via the ol excercise bike have been around well over 15 years. Granted, I'm not sure there was ever a mass market product, but it's been done. Nobody cared.

Know what would work? The 'Dance Revolution' game. (I apologize, the name escapes me...) That's already out and in stores. I think I could stand to exercise that way. Riding a bike, unless I'm actually going somewhere, is not fun.

It's called DDR... (3, Informative)

Tidan (541596) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076740)

It's calld Dance Dance Revolution or DDR for short. Seems to be a growingly popular thing at college, as there are crazy people that form clubs and hold weekly meetings.

Read more about it here [ddrfreak.com] .

-Bryan

Re:Been there, done that... (1)

Bastian (66383) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076745)

And playing a game that requires you to barely lift your feet (more like shuffling), is not exercise.

Re:Been there, done that... (4, Insightful)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076787)

"And playing a game that requires you to barely lift your feet (more like shuffling), is not exercise."

Um, it's a little more than just 'barely lifting your feet'. People who get into that game rarely stop without breaking a sweat. It'd certainly do me more good than the exercise bicycle that's covered in a protective layer of dust.

Re:Been there, done that... (1)

jesdynf (42915) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076828)

I really need an exercise bike. Really badly.

Because I've got a nice one-handed controller for the PSX, and that's possibly the only way I could stand to sit there and do nothing for however long I'm supposed to exercise.

Probably cheaper than a custom-built bike (or bike attachment-thingie) for a game that isn't fun anyways.

Besides, my fiancee claims I lose track of time too easily, maybe I'd lose track and keep biking. (:

Re:Been there, done that... (1)

OldMiner (589872) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076753)

Know what would work? The 'Dance Revolution' game.

Two games: 'Dance Dance Revolution' and 'Sambe De Amigo'.

Re:Been there, done that... (4, Interesting)

L-Train8 (70991) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076812)

How about Namco's PropCycle [coinopexpress.com] , where you flew this pedal powered ultra-light thing and popped balloons. It came out circa 1995.

Or Downhill Bikers [klov.com] ? I could see a row of these at the gym.

Not even a little new... (1)

neutron2000 (409922) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076698)

...Not only was there an NES/PC (more?) version of this at _least_ five years ago there have been various networked versions of competitive cycles and rowing machines for even longer.

Re:Not even a little new... (1)

SuperMario666 (588666) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076759)

NES!?

You're not thinking of Excite Bike are you?

This has been around for awhile (1)

The Analog Kid (565327) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076701)

They have those bike things in that place(where Body Wars is) in Epcot.

America = WAR (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076709)

Hell, I thought the British were bad in their day but with George W(ar) Bush ...

America - the new Empire builder.

Paperboy! (5, Funny)

Ribo99 (71160) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076713)

Only if the game is Paperboy [yesterdayland.com] .

would it have decimal displays? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076717)

Everything should be hexadecimal, not decimal. Decimal is for stupid people.

And this is new? (1)

Codger (8212) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076718)

Didn't I ride on one of these sort of things at Epcot center a decade ago? It was a recumbent bike with a monitor above my head, showing a
"tour" of famous cities + Disney parks, the speed of which varied by the speed I was pedaling.

Of course it wasn't interactive beyond speed, but it was something...

Re:And this is new? (5, Funny)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076772)

"Didn't I ride on one of these sort of things at Epcot center a decade ago? It was a recumbent bike with a monitor above my head, showing a
"tour" of famous cities + Disney parks, the speed of which varied by the speed I was pedaling."


Yep.

It was about as exciting as the movie Rollerball.

I bet these things would have been a hit if they played porn instead. "If I pedal backwards, she becomes a virgin!"

Re:And this is new? (1)

Codger (8212) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076775)

In fact, they're still there, now called "Wondercycles".

See here [disneydreams.net] (briefly mentioned)
and a hokey review
here [shippahoy.com] .

Not news (5, Informative)

OldMiner (589872) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076720)

This has been done several times before. For instance, there is this SNES/Sega/PC/whatever else you want bike [hypermax.com] which is basically a fancy looking controller and then there's this SNES specific bike, the Life Cycle [fitego.com] which I recall being issues in some back issue of Nintendo Power. I think there was even a Pacman-esque game that was supposed to go with it.

Re:Not news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076763)

Yes, this really isn't news. But this is:

Raise your hand if you like 'em young [foxnews.com] .

Har. Taco must be taking it hard, so to speak.

Re:Not news (5, Interesting)

mojogojo (577421) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076917)

I don't think anybody has done it "right" yet. I've been waiting and watching... for some sort of contraption that you could place your own bike on which could vary the resistance based on feedback from game (i.e. if you are going up hill, then it should be harder to pedal, etc). And all the proper controls easily mountable/dismountable from handlebars...

If someone made a quality piece of equipment that could enhance excercising indoors on a trainer, then that would definately be something - for the off-season.

Nothing new... (5, Informative)

sjehay (83181) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076722)

See here [cateye.com] for a commercially-available product for interfacing turbo trainers and Playstation (2)s that has been around for a while...

Nintendo mats? (5, Interesting)

the_machine (168692) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076723)

Does anyone remember those mats that you could use on Nintendo with games like Track and Field? I had one of those as a child. It seemed like the same good idea that this bike is.... until the second minute of playing the game. Then, it was more work then fun and my friends and I quickly resorted to using our fists instead of our feet. By the second day, the entire mat was stored in the closet never to see the light again.


I think this Reebok bike will become a clothes hanger just like any other exercise bike... unless they figure out how to require it for GTA Vice City play.

Re:Nintendo mats? (5, Funny)

unicron (20286) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076760)

You aren't a gamer until you've dropped to your knees and pounded the living shit out a of nintendo power pad. We used to quickly stand up and do knee-drops for the log hurdles. Good times.

Re:Nintendo mats? (2)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076801)

"You aren't a gamer until you've dropped to your knees and pounded the living shit out a of nintendo power pad. We used to quickly stand up and do knee-drops for the log hurdles. Good times."

Ever let your friend's little brothers play, then yank it out from under them? Heh.

Re:Nintendo mats? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076845)

Ever let your friend's little brothers play, then yank it out from under them? Heh.

No, because I'm not a fucking asshole. Heh!

Re:Nintendo mats? (2)

unicron (20286) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076863)

Heh, you just wish you thought of it first. Another trick we used to do was wait until the race was about to start, then gently yank on the cord when the guy on the mat wasn't looking so that it came ouot of the nes, then tell them they weren't running fast enough for the game to register. People would damn near give themselves a heart attack trying to not lose face. REALLY good times.

Re:Nintendo mats? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076916)

heh, when I first got one I found it for $3 at a used game store - trying the old nes mat was great! until I found out *after using it for 20 mins* that it wasnt plugged in!

Re:Nintendo mats? (5, Funny)

madcow_ucsb (222054) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076938)

lol, I always liked how on the long-jump you could run, then just step off and wait behind the mat till you hopped back on to stick the insane landing...

Re:Nintendo mats? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076810)

unless they figure out how to require it for GTA Vice City play.

I'd use it for the chance to do a drive by on one of the new motorcycles.

this gets my vote (1)

Mantorp (142371) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076724)

for being the least newsworthy or interesting item posted on /.'s frontpage thus far this year

exercise and video games (2, Funny)

mu51c10rd (187182) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076728)

So all the overweight types who claim they have no time nor desire for exercise will have a motivational shift? Will the next generation of geeks be in shape and well-desired by women? And I thought this was a sign of the apocalypse...

At You Local Gym (2, Interesting)

Syris (129850) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076731)

I've seen dedicated game/excersize equipment at some upscale gyms for years.

Even cooler: an excersice bike with an internet terminal. There's nothing like burning calories while reading /.

Re:At You Local Gym (1)

joe schmoe of CS (639996) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076824)

True. I remember one game where you were on a stairstepper that powered an airtanker/fighter that swooped over fires and put them out...your job was to save a farm(?) It had a really nice landscape and you could even crash if you did it right/wrong. Another game was a cycle type that you would puch a soccer-like ball on screen and shoot it into the opposing goal.. the faster you pedaled, the faster you moved. pretty cool..! i miss that gym. now, I am at 24hr fitless.

Earlier attempts. (1)

AKA da JET (280057) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076733)

Article reminded me of this [gamersgraveyard.com] .

cheaters (1)

Spydr (90990) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076736)

i wonder how long it is until someone grabs a simple electric motor and hooks it up to the motion sensor on the bike.

bam! instant super bike!

Nothing New.... (1)

frostgiant (243045) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076737)

This has been done before, on a Nintendo Super NES!

Check out a page with some info here: Exertainment [gamersgraveyard.com]

Heck, you can even download the ROM and play it on the SNES emulator of your choice.

Been done before, and it wasn't popular. (3, Interesting)

syphoon (619506) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076739)

Back in the Net Bubble, something similar was installed at a gym in my city. Two bikes were rigged up so that you'd have to maintain a speed above a certain threshold. Except it didn't power games, but just a plain old browser. The only problem was that the threshold was too high, and as soon as you were able to get a page, you'd be moving too fast to read or use it at all, and as soon as you slowed to reach for the keyboard and type, the screen would go blank again.

DDR maybe? (5, Interesting)

Telastyn (206146) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076746)

Peh, why not play DDR or something similar? Alot more challenging, and alot better workout. Don't like the high impact? Why not try PPP [redoctane.com] ? Like ddr, only with hand waving and arm movements rather than alot of stomping.

bike? (1)

funkmastermike (264946) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076747)

the only bike i'd want to ride is a PCJ while playing vice city. running people over virtually would really get rid of some unwanted stress.

Re:bike? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076782)

>> the only bike i'd want to ride is a PCJ while playing vice city

Yeah but most geeks here really belong on the Friggio scooter.

Bicycling your way through Quake (3, Interesting)

Space Coyote (413320) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076752)

A guy I used to work with (word up, Glen) put sometihng like this together wihle he was doing a master's in CS here at UNB. He rigged up his exercise bike so that as he pedalled it would move him forward and backwards, and he just has a mouse by the handlebars to take care of any other input (turning, shooting, etc)

Definitly the best use of an exercise bike I've ever heard of, but I still prefer the kind that you can use as transportation.

I wrote one! (3, Funny)

rochlin (248444) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076755)

I wrote a game in 1989 for a Mac 512. A racing game that pitted your bike against Lemond and a grey lobster. The biggest hangup: I measured my speed by attaching my MOUSE to the flywheel on the exercise bike. I have to admit it did reduce my mouse lifespan by a couple years :)

A newer gym perhaps? (1)

mythosaz (572040) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076758)

Perhaps you need a gym with equipment newer than 1990. Rowing machines and exercise bicycles have had games integrated into them for a long time.

Are they available at home? Sure. Go to any good exercise equipment store and buy one.

People have been powering their TV with exercise bicycles for a long time now. Wanna watch Friends or wanna play Gran Turisimo? Start peddlin...

This has been around for a while.. (4, Informative)

andres32a (448314) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076765)

I have been using the http://www.exertris.com/>Exertris [slashdot.org] for over a year know... Its Great. I personally find exercise quite boring but this does help me get through. The problem is that the number of games are limited.
You can take a tour at the website to see if one is right for you...

Re:This has been around for a while.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076898)

fix the link, bone head!

Wow. OLD gym technology brought to your home... (2)

ngoy (551435) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076766)

I do not understand how this is remotely interesting. I had a gym membership (because of my wife, not because I wanted to join) and they had a whole bank of cycling machines with different "games" setup.

Granted, I only tried one (some scenic thing biking around and racing others) but there were a couple others that I am sure were more "interactive".

This was a year or so after the birth of my daughter, which would make this FIVE YEARS AGO.

Is the poster of this story trying to stereotype the typical /. user as one who has never seen a gym before???

Re:Wow. OLD gym technology brought to your home... (1)

zaffir (546764) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076873)

I could totally get into actually racing other people on an exercise bike. It's something i've always wanted to do, but the local racing scene is way too competetive for someone like me who doesn't have alot of time on his hands. Imagine networked races at the gym - that would be freakin awesome. Of course, it wouldn't be the best exercise for you (who cares about following your heartrate when you have someone to out-pedal?) but i could see competition being a great way to get people to go to the gym on a regular basis. So, i've already filed a patent on this, and claim the idea as my intellectual property.

Hank (1)

jhunsake (81920) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076788)

There's a project called Hank [uiowa.edu] supported by the NSF and Ford that would make a nice environment for such a thing.

Re:Hank (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076858)

I am yanking my Hank right now! GRABUALSA!

Link (1)

Cirrius (304487) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076792)

Here is a link to the official site, rather than the click-thru store link given in the article.

http://www.reebokcyberrider.com/ [reebokcyberrider.com]

Ring your bel... (2)

InsaneCreator (209742) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076799)

...to frag that bastard! Unreal biker 2004!

It's been done - LONG AGO! (2)

Tidan (541596) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076800)

I remembered seeing this type of thing at Bush Gardens awhile back in some sort of technology demonstration. This isn't really a new idea.

Check out this article [hypermax.com] for an example from 1995. For those of you who don't get out much, that's like 8 years ago.

I still think the idea is great, and that anything that can potentially better motivate fat americans to get their lazy butts in motion is a positive thing. It's just up to the marketing department to really get these things distributed to the masses.

-Bryan

Couldn't read the article... (1)

spruce (454842) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076802)

because of all the beer and cheetos I spit on the screen from laughing so hard.

Reminds me of the time I played Dance Dance Revolution - I was sore for a week.

But yea, I'm sure they'll do great in the market.

This looks pretty cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076804)

This looks fun. I hope they come out with a version that lets you just sit down in any chair and maybe push buttons to simulate the pedaling. Or maybe the pedaling could be automatic in the game, and you just steer with buttons. Yeah, that would be even better.

Ah, crap, I just noticed I'm out of doughnuts.

I'd hate to see.. (1)

blake213 (575924) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076805)

..a crazed fan staying up 32 hours straight playing this game. Instant death for sure.

Current Nintendo research in this area (5, Interesting)

Samir Gupta (623651) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076806)

I'm sure you all know what Dance Dance Revolution is, the game that combines a dance pad with arrows on the screen that you dance to -- it's spread like wildfire, and even though it's only available for a competitor's platforms, I secretly admit to playing it to keep myself in shape. :) Some of you may also remember the old Nintendo Power Pad as well, even.

Anyhow, Nintendo is taking the integration of physical activity with video games to a whole new level... we're researching motion tracking in 3-D using purely computer vision techniques, and using no sensors worn on the body, like traditional mocap techniques require.

We've got some interesting preliminary prototypes of this technology, such as Swing Swing Revolution, like DDR, except you have to do swing moves, not merely hit the arrows with your feet, and Kung Fu Master, a remake of the venerable NES game, where you guessed it, need to do real punching and kicking.

We look forward to commercializing this and making Nintendo the first and foremost choice of overweight geeks everywhere!

Be like ET! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076807)

"For a more relaxing session a title like Pilot Wings on the N64, where the controls aren't too complex but you have to peddle to stay in the sky"

Well, not only that... I can pretend that I'm Elliot in ET the movie! Put a little basket and a stuffed ET there, play the ET movie on the 42' plasma. It's perfect for that "you have to peddle to stay in the sky" or else ET and I go flop on the ground.

DDR. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5076808)

Yeah, it's a really good workout. Right.

That's why at the local arcade, the horrid sight of a dozen fat people standing in line, with two sweating like greased pigs, is visited upon shoppers.

Here's a free tip for those trying to lose weight: Unless you exercise 24/7, you still won't be able to eat five McDonald's cheeseburgers, a super sized coke and a large order of fries as a 'snack'. :P

Recumbent bikes for your computer desk? (2)

$$$$$exyGal (638164) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076809)

I'd love to have a "recumbent" stationary bike that could fit partially under my computer desk. It'd be great to be able to pedal while I browsed the web. I would finally get exercise while playing around on the computer (wouldn't have to jog as much ;-)).

Are the game bikes recumbent? It doesn't seem like it. I think it would be easier to integrate them into the rest of your gaming environment if they were.

--naked [slashdot.org]

Better: Workstation with integrated recumbant bike (2)

rjamestaylor (117847) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076811)

For a long while I've day-dreamed of a workstation with an integrated recubant exercise bike. Not for serious cross-training necessarily, but enough to keep active and burn a few calories while sitting endless hours in front of the computer. It would have to be sturdy enough not to shake with mild exertion. I'm sure it's doable and I'm sure there's more than just me that could benefit from such a device!

Better idea (4, Funny)

lostboy2 (194153) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076815)

How about a video game controlled by eating donuts?

Diabelch III, brought to you by Donutech. "Mmmm... Sprinkles..."

Prop Cycle (3, Informative)

kisrael (134664) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076820)

I've always dreamed of a home port of Prop Cycle [coinopexpress.com] ...kind of like N64 PilotWings that the guy mentioned. I like the idea of exploring, it seems like races are too dependent on wherever the computer decides to handicap you.

Re:Prop Cycle (3, Informative)

Chmarr (18662) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076881)

Prop Cycle was probably the first 'work hard' video game I ever played. I thought it was great... and I was the only one that played decently in my groupoffriends: I bicycle a lot, and have the stamina for it :)

Step in the right direction... (1)

keyslammer (240231) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076822)

... but what I really want is a full body interface that lets me go forward, backward, strafe and turn in all directions.

If I got a work-out every time I played quake, I'd be totally buff ;-)

When will people learn...... (3, Insightful)

Nemus (639101) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076823)

That this shit does not SELL!!!!

What is this, like, the tenth company thats tried to create a market for these things? People don't want em in numbers large enough to make neough money off of it.Yu'd think someon would have figured the whole lack of interest thing by now. Go away, and take your stolen idea with ya.

Somebody buy the guy a dictionary... (2, Informative)

MarcoAtWork (28889) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076835)

I don't comment on speling errors or typos, but consistently using peddle for pedal really got on my nerves: unless the game the guy played was 'how to peddle a pedal videogame to the slashdot crowd' I do believe he had them all wrong.

Anyways for a more sophisticated 'game' check out the computrainer, pricey but a lot of pros swear by it.

from m-w.com (snipped)

One entry found for peddle.
Main Entry: peddle
Pronunciation: 'pe-d&l
1 : to sell or offer for sale from place to place : HAWK; broadly : SELL
2 : to deal out or seek to disseminate

Main Entry: pedal
Pronunciation: 'pe-d&l

Function: noun
1 : a lever pressed by the foot in the playing of a musical instrument (as an organ or piano)
2 : a foot lever or treadle by which a part is activated in a mechanism

Function: verb
intransitive senses
1 : to ride a bicycle
2 : to use or work a pedal
transitive senses : to work the pedals of

I used to use a Bike WHile Gaming (2)

szyzyg (7313) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076837)

Somehow I ended up getting one as a christmas present each year, so I'd use the bike while playing with my Super Nintendo. I'd play for hours and burn off plenty of calories in the process.

Initially I found that I'd associate activity on the screen with my bike - I noticed that when I would get into a tight spot in a game I found myself pedalling a lot faster, as if it would help.

Anyway.... it eventually broke from overuse, most exercise gear isn't designed to do much more than sit in a closet after a month.

woah! (1)

RyLaN (608672) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076843)

i see a bright future, everyone is happy and your parents dont yell at you for being on the computer/playstation all day.. i see..thing geeks, (oxymoron i know) and all of us watching the pigs fly around..

maybe a chance (2, Funny)

fiesty (525673) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076849)

I don't know most people would just be lazy about it. But instead of seeing it as some extra work to do while playing video games, think of it as adding a touch of fun to Exorcizing. Then it might sell.

Old idea (2)

Roadmaster (96317) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076861)

I remember seeing this as long ago as the C-64 days. There were a bunch of heartrate and speed sensors that went into a cartridge that you popped behind the computer. So it's not that new an idea; altough perhaps with the kind of games we have now it'd be more popular.

Not all it's hyped up to be... (2, Funny)

Boba001 (458898) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076868)

In my previous life I worked for a dotcom (er, how many times has that been typed out on slashdot...) and one of our main "features" was the exclusive online rights to a cyber racing software that allowed people to hook up their exercise bikes to their computers and compete against other people over their lans or the internet. Sounds great, right?

Well, the company who was developing the software/technology to do this was pretty much clueless. They developed a custom 3D engine that looked worst than the original Doom (no 3d hardware, just software) with some ugly, ugly courses. Crashes were common and nobody ever used the bikes in our gym (we had a full gym for employees to use)

The hardware had problems too. You had to hook up magnets to your wheels and run wires from the bike to the computer to let it know how fast you were peddling... but the problem was that a lot of bikes weren't easily adaptable and you would have to pretty much hack the hardware to get it on the bike... and then the rotation speed would be off during races, etc. A memorable instance was a demonstration on Good Day LA between the 3 hosts - the 2 chicks and the old guy... well, they were racing and one of the hosts was going like 10x faster than everybody else... lapping the other hosts because of the hardware related problem. All on live TV - It was funny ;)

Funny thing is that my boss had told me about this new tech they had been shown... using bikes for movement and plugging it into a PSX! He said they had been playing RoadRash. Over 18 months later it looks like they might have actually come out with the product.

Years ago (2)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076870)

I saw a "game" that connected to one of those sets of rollers that bike racers use to train indoors. The screen showed you where you were on a virtual course, and if you wanted you could race against Lemond in the Tour de France. The only problems were that it was incredibly expensive, and there was no connection between where you were on the course and the tension setting on the rollers.

riding a bike is not fun, but dancing is... (1)

xnerd00x (92166) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076888)

I think a better exercise than a bike is the game called dance dance revolution [ddrfreak.com] . It's where there's four arrows on the ground, and as the arrows on the screen come up to a certain point, you have to step on the corresponding arrow. This game is not only fun, but gives you a serious workout! A *lot* more fun than peddling up hills...

Work out! (1)

Mysa (452418) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076891)

I don't have to work out! I gotta gun!

Namco's "Prop Cycle" (3, Informative)

ewhac (5844) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076895)

One example of an arcade game employing a stationary bike was Prop Cycle [namcoarcade.com] from Namco. You flew a pedal-powered flying bicycle around, running into balloons and flying through hazards to score points.

I thought it was whimsical and a lot of fun, but it never showed up at many arcades.

Schwab

Nothing beats a REAL Bike! (1)

ittanmomen (596981) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076908)

Just purchased a road type bicycle on Friday. Wow, have things changed. The last time I rode a half decent bike was 15 years ago. It is all high tech mechanics nowadays: Aluminium Alloy light weight frame, Gear Levers integrated into the breaks, High pressure tires. As a result the thing accelerateslike hell even bearing my unfit body. Adrenalin rushes to your head, while you zip in and out of the traffic, overtaking traffic jammed cars - you are the true king of the road! How can a mere home training bike compete?

Exercise Video Game (4, Funny)

long_john_stewart_mi (549153) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076910)

They should make an RPG called "Body by Jake" [bodybyjake.com] . You control Jake as he goes from an overweight pimple-faced kid to an infomercial superstar, just like the real Jake. Along the way, you will have to:
  • Get Results Fast!
  • Listen Up to Muscle Up
  • Map the Muscles to Manhood
Special features are also included, like charisma, in which you subtly brag about how much you bench, flex your manhood for the ladies, and start your workout WITHOUT ANY WARMUP!! Get "Body by Jake" today!

wow! what a concept! (1)

spazoid12 (525450) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076911)

What do you think about computer games controlled by an exercise bike in your house?

What do I think? I think I saw this at the gym about 15 years ago.

That's funny. The dude posts a comment suggesting that folks here might not be interested in exercise...yet the evidence suggests he is the one that hasn't been interested (at least for decade).

Advanced Calorie Counter (2, Insightful)

TarPitt (217247) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076923)

Instead of a simple numeric readout of calories, why not allow the victi^H^H^H^Hexercise enthusiast to select the high-calorie food item of their choice, then as they work out, have a proportional piece of the food item consumed. You select a pizza/chocolate cake/french fries/nachos and as you burn up, say, 100 calories, you see 100 calories worth of the item vanish.

Why not just buy a bicycle and ride it around? (2)

Cryptnotic (154382) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076929)

Reality is in much higher resolution than any computer game.

Haha (1)

Bob Vila's Hammer (614758) | more than 11 years ago | (#5076940)

Next thing you know someone is going to create a video game of someone exercising on a video game exercise bike. The object being to stay on the bike by balancing correctly, pedaling continuously, and by consuming huge doses of angel dust and heroin to ride the snake into the world of high points and virtual death/health.

It could be called "Fa(s)t Crack: The Game." Just like a virtual pet it would be something that you would have to nurture. You would get a budget, a host of drug dealers, and you could upgrade the bike. The only thing missing would be emulating the game yourself, which is only expected and natural.
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