Kinect Exergame Pays Homage to Paperboy in Virtual Reality

PaperDude VR is a cycling-based exergame where a user wears a virtual reality headset while riding a stationary bicycle. The user bikes down a virtual neighborhood street and throws papers at mailboxes using a throwing gesture detected by a Microsoft Kinect. The user’s pedaling speed is detected by the power trainer attached to the stationary bike and used to control the speed of the in-game bicycle. Additionally, the user’s upper body movements are mapped to an in-game avatar to give the user a sense of physical presence in the exergame’s virtual world.

The result is an extremely immersive exergaming experience where the user feels they are biking through a virtual neighborhood delivering papers and the exertion of pedaling feels natural and fades to the background.

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How does PaperDude VR Bicycle Exergame Work?

PaperDude VR is built in Unity with 3D assets created in 3D studio and textured in Photoshop. The KickR sensor detects the speed of the bicycle and has the ability to provide programmatically controlled resistance. The KickR communicates speed and cadence through bluetooth to a nearby iPad which updates the app over OSC. The Oculus Rift VR headset lets you look around your scene in a full 360 degrees and allows you to focus your newspaper aim. The Kinect controller tracks the positions of your hands and arms, and detects the paper-throwing gesture.

PaperDude VR has been previously presented at FITC screens in Toronto, Touch at the Vancouver Public Library, Cinekid Amsterdam, HPX Pop Explosion in Halifax and EventTech in Las Vegas.

This version of the game marks an early prototype, but here are some elements they're hoping to add down the road...more obstacles, dirt bike course and, of course, leaderboards.

About Globacore

Globacore creates custom branded video games and interactive exhibits.

Globacore is a creative technology company specializing in large format multitouch surfaces, game development, and unique human computer interactions using both physical and digital elements. Globacore’s emergent interactive displays have been installed in cities around the world including Paris, Cannes, London, Barcelona, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and all over the US and Canada. They are located in the heart of Liberty Village in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Source: Globacore

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