HoloBike promises immersive indoor cycling with holograms instead of VR headsets

HoloBike promises immersive indoor cycling with holograms instead of VR headsets

Saga's Holobike catapults you into the middle of breathtaking 3D bike trails — without the need for VR headsets.


Saga's Holobike offers an interesting solution for immersive indoor cycling with its 3D hologram technology. Instead of a VR headset, the trainer uses a 27-inch screen that protrudes from the handlebars. This projects stereoscopic holograms that are visible to the naked eye and create a feeling of actually being out on the trail.

The 4K display has infrared sensors that react to the position of the eyes and create a realistic spatial perception. The system simulates the human perception of movement in three-dimensional space and imitates the sensation of outdoor training.

Saga is currently building a library of digitally recreated routes from around the world, from the Alps to the Australian outback. These 3D constructions are based on real locations and are created using AI and procedural generation from volumetric scans.

In addition to the visual experience, the Holobike's electromagnetic resistance adapts to the virtual climbs and descents. The manufacturer also promises near-silent operation.


Gamified fitness in virtual reality

The crowdfunding target of $25,000 was exceeded within a very short space of time. The counter currently stands at over $45,000 with just 30 backers and just over 40 days to go. In addition to Saga's Holobike, there are also a number of immersive fitness solutions that combine virtual reality and real sports equipment.

Apps such as Holofit or VZfit make conventional cardio devices such as treadmills, rowing machines and bike trainers VR-compatible. Using Quest VR headsets, exercisers can immerse themselves in motivating virtual worlds and explore fascinating places while exercising.


Some of these applications use gamification elements such as points systems, leaderboards and virtual rewards. Others rely on guided courses with real trainers, multiplayer modes and the integration of fitness trackers.

Since update 2.0, the Octonic app, for example, supports more than 400 treadmill models. These are paired directly with the VR headset via Bluetooth and controlled in the virtual world.

Sources: Kickstarter