Virtual reality’s (VR) potential spans far beyond that of videogames, although fitness applications aren’t something that immediately spring to mind. There have been unique mash ups between videogames and fitness such as Porco Grande, but now Runtastic is looking to go full on with VR training. As such, the company has recently revealed a new VR 7-Minute Workout app for use with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), which it hopes to launch near the time of the consumer version of the device.
As revealed on VentureBeat he app uses the Oculus Rift to walk users through a number of leg workouts, with a virtual personal trainer guiding them through the process. The process can be seen in a video below using the device’s second development kit (DK2), which it tracks the movement of. The app will keep records of the user’s progress and is controlled entirely through the Oculus Rift itself, freeing up the user’s hands. Should it take off, then there are plans to integrate other workouts and structures into the app later down the line.
The app will be on display at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada on 6th – 9th January. This is an interesting experiment given that simulator sickness is one of the key issues with VR technology right now. Even with the improved tech inside DK2, asking players to push themselves inside VR might be problematic, though will no doubt be less of an issue with each passing iteration of the Oculus Rift. VRFocus will continue to follow Runtastic’s work in VR, reporting back with any further updates.