LG’s Virtual Ride is a possible future for Peloton


As if exercise bikes weren’t already tough enough to get into apartments.

At CES 2022, LG unveiled “Virtual Journey” a new twist on home exercise equipment. It combines a nice standard-looking exercise bike with a decidedly non-standard three-curve 55-inch range OLED screens stacked on top of each other in a vertical formation. In practice, this would mean that any images placed in front of you as you ride would extend from foot level to above your head, just parallel to the ceiling.

I feel like this guy could be dressed more appropriately for training.
Credit: LG

The idea here is that you would feel immersed in the experience of cycling in an idyllic European city simply because of the amount of screens involved. However, you will probably get the same amount of exercise as on any regular exercise bike.

In other words, it’s a mutant version of Platoon it would probably be much more expensive and almost impossible for someone who lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn to fit into their home. However, practical concerns such as price and size may not be relevant here, as LG referred to Virtual Ride as a “product concept” in its press release; something that’s meant to demonstrate the power of curved screens. No pricing or availability information was given.

It’s a shame because having a tower of 55-inch TVs in the corner of your living room that you never use would be fun.

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