This Machine Helps You Work Out… In Virtual Reality?
In entertainment and gaming we've had virtual and augmented reality experiences increasingly come into play over the last few years. Usually based around gaming, there have been several interesting developments such as a VR theme park, and a multiplayer augmented reality online shooter.
Now a new VR experience is on its way, promising to fill a gap that video games aren't traditionally great at providing: physical exercise.
So strap on your VR headset, get ready to fly and... get fit?
The Icaros is a combination of workout machine, virtual reality headset, game, and hand-held controllers (mounted on the machine frame). You somehow carefully prop yourself onto the frame without falling over in an awkward mess, pop on your VR headset and game, and then you're off to a flying start. The concept is pretty cool though, I'd love to give this a try. I wonder how many different flying simulators/games there would be available, and be developed for this workout system?
Once the novelty of a virtual flying experience wears off, I'm not sure how it would be incorporated in a daily exercise routine. Sure, it looks like it could tone and refine your core muscles... but somehow it reminds me of those informercials from daytime tv in the 90s where it seemed every few weeks a new ab-sculpting machine was introduced as the hottest thing since the last ab-sculpting machine. I don't see this as being able to be used with young kids around (or anyone else around for that matter).
If my goal were to tighten up my dad-bod physique, I'd prefer to go jump, run, and climb in a playground made for grownups
What do you think - is the Icaros a hit or miss?
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