Need help with your New Year’s resolution?Â Burn off the calories while playing your favorite racing games.Â The faster you pedal, the faster your vehicle travels.Â Learn how to build your own Excite Bike video game controller.
The project is built around an Arduino-based device that senses your pedal speed on an exercise bike and feeds it into the game console. The unique thing about it is that you can make it work with any exercise bike and the sensory feedback from the pedals.Â And we like it because itâ€™s an open source project and can be built cheaply.
Youâ€™ll have to disassemble your Xbox 360 controller in order to hook up the Arduino set-up. For the most part, this is a simple matter of following the schematic and being brave enough to heavily mod your exercise bike.
The Arduino set-up is basically just sensors deciding which speed youâ€™re pedaling at and relaying that to the proper trigger pressure setting. The schematic above has it all explained, as well as including LEDs so youâ€™ll know which speed youâ€™re pedalling at.