Hi Allan.(this does not relate to the meccano shovel but please read on)
I have designed and built a totally unique stationary exercise cycle. It is different to every exercise cycle out there because it requires balance to ride and rotates through 360 degrees as you negotiate directions and maintain balance. I desperately would like to ride down a "virtual road/path" etc. There are currently exercise bikes out there(TACX; Expresso Fitness etc) that have vr environments to cycle through, but the mechanical experience is lacking. My breakthrough is the mechanics of my cycle. There does not exist, a comparable cycle that is as responsive and "steerable" as mine. Is it perhaps possible to to superimpose my cycle into an existing software package of say:TAXC, Expresso, a skateboard game? Obviously the programming is the difficult, costly and time consuming part of this. I have a simmilar wheel to the taxc and expresso bikes etc. I don't even mind riding down a car race track on one of the car games out there. Because the cycle rotates through the horizontal plane, i will need to wear glasses as a screen would be cumbersome. Obviously a 2 track set up(head tracking; wheel direction tracking) would be great but the wheel direction would suffice i'm sure. A totally immersive env might be a step too far, so perhaps a street skateboard environment or something like that is possible? The controllability and skill related aspects of my cycle make it perfect for a "fitness game" scenario. Please can you advise.
Thank you very much for sharing this useful information. I was doing a project and for that I was looking for related information. Some of the points are very useful. Do share some more material if you have.
Seems like you've got a great project there!
I took a quick "Google" at TACX and Expresso.....you are quite correct,the sensors are securely tied in with the manufacturer's actual exercise bike.
However, I did find something that could be very suitable for your particular application.
Take a look at :
The Installation page on that site
shows the "Bike Pod" clipped onto the bike pedal, and the "Steering Pod" clipped onto a baseball cap (but I see no reason why it could not be clipped to the handlebars)
It looks like everything integrates quite nicely.
Hope this helps a bit!
My name is Allan C Farquharsonand I'm a retired process control software engineer, whose always had an interest in realtime3D graphics, both in the programming and gaming side of this fascinating subject.