It can be difficult to work up enough motivation to jump up off the couch and into a daily workout, but one legendary name in exercise equipment is looking to change that.
At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, attendees were treated to a veritable cornucopia of new and exciting virtual reality prospects, including one particularly awesome piece of tech: the NordicTrack VR Bike. The stationary bike includes a sterile yoke as well as standard controller input buttons, a directional pad with triggers, and a svelte new look to top it all off.
It also comes packed with a Vive Focus as well as a selection of special workouts to get users excited about working out. CES 2019 attendees were shown a particularly interesting game called Aeronauts that finds players taking to the skies in a pedal-powered aircraft soaring through the air, spiraling through checkpoint rings and shooting down balloon targets.
There are likely a number of additional exercise games coming to the bike for those looking to add a new step to their VR training regimen, but there isn’t much other information about which ones we can look forward to at present. The NordicTrack VR Bike is coming to retail this summer at around $2,000, and includes a Vive Focus outfitted with several said fitness games, as well as an iFit membership. You can utilize the iFit settings to adjust your bike’s incline, decline, and resistance depending on what your personal trainer suggests.
If you’d rather use your bike with regular fitness videos and training programs outside of VR, that’s totally doable as well, even with the Vive Focus headset. It may seem at the pricer end of the spectrum, but for all the fitness tools you get with the package and a cool game like Aeronauts, it certainly seems worth the cash. And when it comes to your health, you can’t put a price on that.
We’ll bring you more about NordicTrack’s VR bike when more information is released.