Ambitious first post from a complete noob, but I like to aim high And if it's not feasible by me, I wouldn't mind if someone else takes the idea. Gets it done, gets it right, commercializes it, w/e. I'd be happy.
I know there are setups that put tvs and computer screens on stationary exercise machines, but I haven't heard of or seen any that interact with your speed.
Imagine, like a racing videogame, that as you're cycling away on your stationary bike, you're on a racetrack, or any other precrafted map. As you accelerate, you accelerate as well in the video. If you're cycling really hard, you get the illusion that you're moving quickly through space. If you slow and stop, the video will also slow and stop.
The effect is similar to as if you were outside: moving through the landscape at your own pace. However, you could go further: you could ride on tracks inaccessible in real life, such as the rails of a roller coaster (Ever see those roller coaster 'simulations' at arcades?) or a simulation of the Star Wars Endor chase. The reality doesn't have to be 1:1 - going 15 mph on the bike can mean going 50 mph on a jetski or something.
I know this is possible - but whether someone who knows nothing about arduino can even get past the concept is different.
In theory, all I need is a way to measure the speed, and a way to tell a program on a computer to play a video at a certain speed (or more ambitiously, take a 3D environment and program that)
If that's beyond my league for me, well by all means give it a try, I'd like to see the results.