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Go for a virtual run in Yosemite

Postby ERIC » Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:10 pm

Go for a virtual run in Yosemite, hear your own footsteps

February 26, 2010 | Nadia Majid
Venture Beat
http://venturebeat.com/2010/02/26/go-fo ... footsteps/

Have you ever thought how cool it would be if your treadmill could take you on a virtual jog through nature so you could watch something more scenic than the gym wall while you run? Well, your day is coming.


Virtual Active, which lets you access a library of running, hiking, and biking workouts filmed live in beautiful outdoor locations, is releasing a free half hour sample of its virtual exercise experience for download on iTunes on March 1.

Virtual Active is also working with cardio equipment manufacturer Johnson Health Tech, the #4 manufacturer of cardio equipment, and The Indoorcycling Group, a leading European indoor cycling company. Johnson’s 7xe line of Matrix Cardio equipment will automatically adjust the treadmill incline to mimic the terrain in the video, adjust the speed of video playback based on the user’s running speed, and provide on-location nature audio (in the case of cardio-enabled downloads, the video would not be able to provide such interactivity). In addition, these manufacturers plan to introduce SyncStep, which will allow users to hear the sounds of [read more...]
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Re: Go for a virtual run in Yosemite

Postby Hetchy » Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:51 am

I love it! I remember back in the early days of digital cameras I had this wacky idea to take a photo every few seconds while hiking a trail. Then reassemble a timelapse video from the images. I never did follow up on that but it looks like someone had an even better idea. Hey this could be a great way to let folks incapable of hiking explore our trails and natural parks. I know virtual stuff is always second best to the real thing but if there was NO other option for someone it might be enlightening and uplifting. I think it's a great idea. Now if only I could catch a virtual trout and fry it up in my virtual pan and eat it for real.. Okay, perhaps not. :D
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Re: Go for a virtual run in Yosemite

Postby BSquared » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:46 am

Throw the whole thing into a hypobaric chamber linked to the virtual altitude, and then you'd really have something!
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