A games programmer is the first person to cycle the entire length of Britain, from Land’s End to John o’Groats, in virtual reality. Aaron Puzey, 44, developed CycleVR a smartphone VR app that turns Google Street View into a VR cycling environment.With the use of an exercise bike, Street View and the smartphone app he created, Puzey has recently completed the 900-mile (1,500km) journey from Land’s End to John o’ Groats without leaving his living room.
The journey took 85-hour between May 2016 and January 13 2017. Puzey estimates he burned more than 50,000 calories through the trip. He also counted the number of horses he passed (only 4) and witnessed one fight. Mr. Puzey normally don’t really like exercise, he finds it boring, and only does it because he knows it’s good for him.
“I’ve been doing a little bit of cycling every day after work for years but I got sick of staring at the same blank wall all the time. I’d been thinking about using virtual reality for a while and then it suddenly occurred to me that Google Street View is a great way of seeing the other parts of the world without having to actually go there.
The CycleVR app uses Bluetooth cadence monitor, a Samsung GearVR headset and a Galaxy smartphone.
“Becoming the first person to cycle from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in virtual reality is hugely exciting and feels like a great achievement.”
Mr Puzey works as a programmer for a game developer in Dundee, and he is now looking for a business partner or investor to bring CycleVR into other people’s living-rooms.
As for his next VR trip, he is planning to cycle through the magnificent country of Japan.