Rouvy has presented a new indoor cycling platform based on its ‘advanced, mixed-reality technology’. The unique indoor cycling platform is based on user-generated training content, i.e. video. Users can create and share a GPS-synced video route ‘within only hours’. The Rouvy app then ‘enables riders to bike the planet indoors over its available 2,000 geo-located video routes.’
“We have a vision of bringing indoor cycling to any road on the planet by mixing real-life video routes with augmented reality,” said Petr Samek, one of Rouvy’s founders and the company’s CEO. “Our app allows cyclists and triathletes from all over the world to virtually come together on a real road by generating and processing animated 3D riders in real 2D videos.
“From now on, you will be able to see different, realistic-looking objects and riders on Tour de France roads, well known Alpine passes or any route which is based on GPS and real video data.”
Samek continued, “Rouvy ensures a precise simulation of outdoor cycling brought indoors by using advanced algorithms to sync both video and elevation profiles. To significantly improve the elevation profile, based on camera angle tracking, took two years of development and many years of university research.
“Additionally, tons of available second-by-second individual user data utilized for instant augmented simulation and replay. Any chosen records [on each route] can be your interactive virtual competitors in the time trial or group training modes.”
The company adds that its new concept provides users with enhanced levels of diversity, interactivity, fun and competition. Rouvy’s new augmented reality will be in private beta for two months. Registration for early access is now open.