Blue Goji Gamifies Treadmill Workouts With VR

Using virtual reality technology in a real-world setting can be quite troublesome Even so, new applications of VR come to market virtually every other week. Blue Goji, a company in Austin, combined VR to make cardiovascular workouts more engaging and enjoyable.

VR Motivates People to Work Out

It is quite interesting to see how VR makes an impact in the fitness industry. We have seen new boxing academies and MMA training locations embrace this technology in recent months. it now seeds treadmills are a viable application for VR technology as well Or that is what Austin-based Blue Goji is experimenting with, at least.

The prototype treadmill pairs with a standalone VR headset. Users are hooked up to a belt to ensure they can’t fall off while immersed in the virtual environment. As they don the headset, people working at are effectively playing a game, where they can race against virtual people.

It is a different way of motivating people to work out. One of the biggest drawbacks is how you either have to rely on friends or possess enough fortitude to go at it alone. With VR, there is no reason why anyone should need to work out alone. In the past, ventures such as EA’s Sports Active tried to gamify working out as well, including a virtual personal trainer.

For the time being, it remains to be seen how successful Blue Goji can be in this regard. The treadmill is still in the early stages of development. While it does the motivational job quite well, it is still being fine-tuned as we speak. Additionally, the price tag of $12,000 will keep it well outside of customers’ spending habits.

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