Belluzzi Gooble bike: the main ideaReturns, with new performance, the Gooble Bike  "Focus for Makers" award winner at the first Maker Faire in Rome 2013.
The team of students who presented the project, now well-known professionals, has come back to support a new generation of Belluzzi students who propose an innovative version of the idea.
The original Gooble Bike was a home trainer that allowed pedaling through pre-defined Google Street View paths simulating the slopes detected by the maps.
The new version of the Gooble Bike allows you to pedal freely on any mapped, even unpredictable path, so that the cyclist can choose in real time the path to the crossroads by rotating the handlebar.
Additionally to the traditional 2D viewing on the screen, the new Gooble Bike also allows 3D viewing through a smartphone-based viewer; 3D view, independent of the handlebars rotation, allows a full panoramic view of Google spherical images turning your head giving a full immersion effect to the landscape.
The new Gooble Bike technology is based on the use of the Gooble APIs that allow to embed the Street View imagery into an active web page.
Movement along Street View mapped paths is generated by a controller based on Arduino Yun, which  receives the motion signal from the home trainer on which the bicycle rotates and  communicates speed information to the active page.
The active page, through the Google Elevation API, determines the slope of the path and communicates it to the controller that actuates the electromagnetic brake of the trainer by simulating the uphill effort.
In version 2.0, in addition to the default paths generated by the Google API Directions obtained by setting initial position and end position, you can choose the path during training.
A potentiometer, knotted on the handlebar axis, detects the angle of rotation of the handlebar. In this mode, the cyclist sets only the starting position and starts the route immediately from this position. When the cyclist reaches a fork, reported by the presence of a bifurcation in the street view in the track lines, he can choose the direction of the path by rotating the handlebar. So there are no more pre-defined paths and with Gooble Bike you can reach virtually any point on the map mapped in Street View.
Version 2.0 also adds 3D view of Street View spherical photos. This is a "subjective" vision realized with a smartphone viewer that differs from the "objective" view that is simultaneously projected on the big monitor not only because it is 3D but also because the cyclist while the pedal can explore 360 ​​degrees Street View spherical photos turning your head while the monitor continues to show the viewpoint that corresponds to the direction in which you are pedaling.
Like the previous version of Gooble Bike, version 2.0VR is characterized by the exclusive use of Open Source software, and the software and firmware developed by the team is licensed.
From the hardware point of view components are mounted on a regular bicycle with trainer. It is therefore possible to make your own Gooble Bike by yourself following the development guidelines contained in the dedicated site.

 

Returns the Focus for Makers award winner Gooble Bike.
In addition to riding on  Street View pre-defined paths simulating slopes, this new version allows you to ride anywhere on Street View choosing in real-time the crossroads by rotating the handlebar.
Also next to the usual 2D vision the new Gooble Bike allows 360° 3D viewing with a VR viewer.

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