Project ExciteBike: exercycle accelerator for racing games

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Putting on a few inches from playing games all day? Maybe you should invent yourself an exercise machine that controls in-game acceleration so you don’t just sit there all day, lazy one. Man, I think I need one of these that controls tab changing in Firefox.

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The creator says at Reddit that he only used about $70 worth of parts in addition to the exercycle itself. Basically a magnet on the wheel triggers a series of sensors, and the frequency with which the sensors are hit determines the “pressure” on the analog stick. I’m thinking it must be pretty hard to use the controller at the same time. I’d fall off right away.

More info and schematics at the project’s site.

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