Mario Kart 8 And Exercise Bike Join Forces With Help From Ring-Con
It combines an indoor bicycle and the Ring Fit controller.
YouTuber and "hardware hacker" Mike Choi has combined an exercise bicycle, Mario Kart 8, and the Ring Fit Adventure controller to create a fantastic way to get in shape. The Labo Fit Adventure Kart Kit, as he calls it, lets you control your favorite Mushroom Kingdom character by pedaling, squeezing, and working your butt off.
"This kit allows you to control your kart by pedaling on the Bike-Con and steering and using items with the Ring-Con," Choi said in a tweet. "This is a fully-functional concept product that I developed myself."
The Labo Fit Adventure Kart Kit is powered by the TAPBO module, a small wireless robot that hugs the Joy-Con and presses buttons when it receives signal from the Bike-Con and Ring-Con. Here’s a video explaining how it works: pic.twitter.com/Joz4Q5z67q— Mike Choi (@mechachoi) January 14, 2021
Choi uploaded a video to YouTube and Twitter where he can be seen huffing and puffing as he showcases his home brew creation. The "full-body exercise experience" gets extra difficult when he picks up a golden mushroom and has to squeeze the Ring Fit controller every time he wants a boost. "Even when you lose in the game," Choi said in the video. "You're winning at exercise."
Hardware modders have taken a special interest in finding new ways to play video games. Others have found ways to play games like Overwatch and Fortnite with Dance Dance Revolution dance pads, guitars, and even baguettes. One Redditor managed to combine another Nintendo creation--Mario Kart Live: Home Circut--and Mario-themed Legos to create an incredible race track that actually recognizes enemies and items.
Now all we need is a special modified version of Ring Fit Adventure that turns every step in Animal Crossing: New Horizons into an exercise. Then no one would worry about gaining weight during lockdown--they'd burn it while pulling virtual weeds.
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