The company’s VZfit software for the Oculus Quest and Go pairs with a cadence or speed sensor attached to a stationary bike to enable the user to experience a workout in virtual reality (VR). Prior to this app update, users were required to buy the company’s proprietary sensor kit.
This new compatibility, says the company, opens VZfit content to all Quest and Go users, giving them push-button access, and is the product of customer feedback.
“Since founding the company, VirZOOM has chiefly been guided by its customer feedback,” says VirZOOM cofounder and CEO Eric Janszen. “This app update is directly related to that feedback, which we aggregate and consider on a daily basis. As connected fitness and at-home exercise continue to trend up, we’re thrilled that this update instantaneously makes our services available to a host of other Oculus users.”
VZfit apps will now allow users to use the Oculus controllers, allowing for sensor-only setups. Thumb buttons will now be optional, but will support any Bluetooth 4.0 media button like the one in the company’s current sensor kits.
Users engage with the app wearing a Quest or Go headset while simultaneously pedaling a stationary bike. The rate at which they pedal directly impacts their performance in any number of virtual workouts, which range from competing in the Tour de France to engaging in a tank battle.
Additional details regarding the update include:
- Smart Trainers and smart bikes to follow, using FTMS standard
- Sensors that only provide ANT+ are not supported
- VirZOOM will no longer ship their VZfit Sensor Kit internationally and recommend the purchase of cadence or speed sensors for international customers
The company offers limited game access with a VZfit Free membership. Full game access is available for $9.95/mo or $99.95/yr after a free 7-day trial.
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