Interactive art installation by FRONT404 combines a bicycle and an Oculus Rift to allow people to travel around a virtual alien landscape - video embedded below:
Put on your Oculus Rift VR-glasses and jump on the bike, it’s time to go on a Citytrip!
With Citytrip you can explore a fantastical, alien city by riding a bike. By pedalling and steering you navigate through the virtual reality as if you are really there. Fly through the air by pedalling like a mad-man and hitting the ramps, or use the bicycle bell to jump from building to building. Explore the city on the ground or navigate the twisting aerial pathways and cycle along the top floors of skyscrapers. You set your own goals and create your own challenges, and fun!
The idea for this project came to us when we were playing with some of the projects other people had already made for the Oculus Rift. While the virtual reality of the Oculus Rift is very immersive, we noticed that moving around using a mouse and keyboard breaks down that immersion pretty quickly. The interaction and movement in the game world just doesn’t feel real, because you know you’re not moving. We wanted to create a project in which this disconnect between your movement and the virtual reality wasn’t an issue. After brainstorming for a bit we decided on using a bicycle as the way to interact with the world. A bicycle removes a lot of the disconnect of using a keyboard because it is a familiar way of moving for most people, making the interaction with the virtual world feel much more natural.
You can try this out yourself at the New Institute in Rotterdam, where iw will be until the end of December.
More info here