Game Controller for Your Exercise Equipment

 

What Is Cyber ExerCycle and How Does It Work?

Cyber ExerCycle is a game controller for a PC or an Android device. It integrates your exercise equipment with your computer or tablet.

Cyber ExerCycle - PC or Android OS

Cyber ExerCycle detects pedal motion of your bike and translates them into control signals for your computer. Pedaling direction allows you to move forward or backwards. Pedaling faster increases the speed of your vehicle or character in the game (some restrictions may apply depending on the game)

Cyber ExerCycle Interface Summary

Cyber ExerCycle comes with a nunchuk style joystick used for steering (CEC_KIT_PC and CEC_KIT_ANDR). The joystick gives you a very intuitive method of controlling direction of movement. The user holds the joystick in his or her hand and steers using a thumb. Two buttons plus and controller shaking actions give you additional control inputs in the game.

 

Works with various exercise equipment.

  • Stationary Exercise Bikes (upright and recumbent)
  • Mini Exercise Bikes (pedal exercisers)
  • Bicycles (trainer stand required)
  • Elliptical Trainers (some models)

 

Cyber ExerCycle Components.

Nunchuck style joystick:

Nunchuk Style Joystick

Controller box:

Cyber ExerCycle Controller

Sensor:

Cyber ExerCycle Sensor

 

Cyber ExerCycle Kit options.

CEC_KIT_PC - Cyber ExerCycle Kit with Joystick for Windows

Cyber EcerCycle Kit for PC

CEC_KIT_PC provides you with pedaling feedback (forwards and backwards) and also with a nunchuk style joystick used for steering. CEC_KIT_PC includes the following components:

  1. Nunchuk style joystick with 2 ft cable.
  2. Controller box. Contains sensor connector and mini USB. Comes with a 3 ft USB cable. A USB extension cable may be added (not included with the kit).
  3. Sensor to measure pedaling speed. Includes 6ft cable and a small magnet. Attaches to the bike using velcro.

Compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.

CEC_KIT_LITE_PC - Cyber ExerCycle LITE Kit for Windows

Cyber EcerCycle LITE Kit for PC

CEC_KIT_LITE_PC provides you with pedaling feedback (forwards and backwards). Nunchuk style joystick is NOT included. CEC_KIT_LITE_PC includes the following components:

  1. Controller box. Contains sensor connector and mini USB. Comes with a 3 ft USB cable. A USB extension cable may be added (not included with the kit).
  2. Sensor to measure pedaling speed. Includes 6ft cable and a small magnet. Attaches to the bike using velcro.

Compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.

CEC_KIT_LITE_PC is ideally suited for games such as NetAthlon 2 where automatic steering is provided by the game. Alternatively, use this kit if you prefer to control the game using your own keyboard or game controller and only use Cyber ExerCycle to provide pedaling feedback in such games as Burnout Paradise or Fuel.

CEC_KIT_ANDR - Cyber ExerCycle Kit with Joystick for Android

Cyber EcerCycle Kit for Android or PC

CEC_KIT_ANDR provides you with pedaling feedback (forwards and backwards) and also with a nunchuk style joystick used for steering. CEC_KIT_ANDR includes the following components:

  1. Nunchuk style joystick with 2 ft cable.
  2. Controller box. Contains sensor connector and mini USB. Comes with a 3 ft USB cable. When using Android devices you will require USB OTG to USB 2.0 Adapter Cable compatible with your Android device (not included).
  3. Sensor to measure pedaling speed. Includes 6ft cable and a small magnet. Attaches to the bike using velcro.

Compatible with Android OS 3.1+, it also compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. Currently tested Android devices include Google Nexus 7.

Confirm that your tablet supports external USB devices by connecting your own USB mouse or a keyboard and checking their functionality. Also confirm that you can safely place your tablet on the stationary bike (we don't supply any mounting hardware for a tablet).

This version of the controller only emulates joystick interface. This version does not provide keyboard or mouse emulation. You can still play PC racing games that use joystick interface.

The setup utility is not required to configure the controller.

Powering the controller from the tablet draws some current from the battery. See information from Google: "Connect to keyboards, mice, & other devices"

 

Easy to install.

Connect Cyber ExerCycle to your exercise equipment in three easy steps:

  1. Attach the sensor and the magnet to the pedals of your bike. Mount the magnet so that it does not interfere with the sensor (ensure that the minimum distance between the sensor and the magnet is 0.25" to 1").
  2. Mount the controller to the frame of your bike using velcro straps.
  3. Plug the controller into a USB port of your computer or tablet and start exercising.

Cyber ExerCycle Sensor Installation

Cyber ExerCycle Sensor Installation

Cyber ExerCycle is configured for one of the following modes (some limitations apply):

  1. Joystick Mode. (default) The controller emulates joystick. This mode is used for most car racing games.
  2. Flight Sim Mode. The controller emulates joystick. This mode is used for most flight simulator games.
  3. NetAthlon Mode. The controller emulates joystick and mouse. The interface has been specifically designed to play NetAthlon 2 racing game. Joystick is used for actual racing and mouse interface is used for game setup.
  4. Keyboard Mode. The controller emulates keyboard. All controller actions translate to button presses such as UP. DOWN, LEFT and RIGHT keys. Use this mode for some racing games and such games as Second Life.
  5. Keyboard and Mouse Mode. The controller emulates keyboard and mouse. This mode is used for such games as Oblivion, where you use keys to move a character but direction control is mostly done using a mouse.
  6. Video Player Mode. (CEC_KIT_LITE_PC only) The controller is used to control playback speed of a video player. As you pedal forward and increase the pedaling speed, the video player will increase its playback speed to reach normal playback. As you slow down the, controller will decrease the playback speed. It is great for training together with various workout videos.
  7. Raw Feedback Mode. (CEC_KIT_LITE_PC only) In this mode joystick interface provides direct output each time the pedaling sensor is activated. The pedaling speed needs to be calculated by the end application itself.

Cyber ExerCycle (CEC_KIT_ANDR) emulates joystick only. See Joystick Android Mode.

The controller allows you to configure pedaling intensity. This determines on how fast you need to pedal to move your character or a vehicle on the screen. The settings range from very easy to very hard.

Typical pedaling controls include the following:

  • Accelerate: pedal forward
  • Brake/Reverse: pedal backward

Typical joystick controls include the following (CEC_KIT_PC or CEC_KIT_ANDR):

  • Steer Left: move joystick knob left
  • Steer Right: move joystick knob right
  • Accelerate: pedal forward
  • Brake/Reverse: pedal backward
  • Action: "Z" button

We have provided sample game configuration (see game section of the web site and follow setup instruction links). Adjust the game configuration to meet your individual needs.

The mode and the desired pedaling intensity is configured using a simple utility installed on your PC. Once configured the controller will remember your selections even if the controller is connected to another PC.

 

Requirements:

The installation of Cyber ExerCycle requires your own components such as a computer, or tablet and your own exercise equipment. Additional cables and components may be required.

Cyber ExerCycle operates as a standard HID device, therefore does not require any special drivers.  The controller requires USB port 1.0 or later.

It is compatible with the following operating systems:
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Android OS 3.1+ (only CEC_KIT_ANDR)
Mac OS X (special version with keyboard only, please contact us for more information before ordering)

The controller uses standard USB connection to communicate with the PC or tablet.

In-game configuration may be required. A simple utility may need to be installed on Windows (uses .Net framework 2) computer to configure the controller.

Please confirm that your PC or tablet meets minimum requirements of the games you wish to play. Many of the games provide a free demo download, allowing you to evaluate the game and your computer performance. Please contact respective game manufacturer for game support.

Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Mac OS is a trademark of Apple Inc.

 

Precautions:

All exercise comes with the some precautions. If you're currently inactive, it is always a good idea to consult with your doctor before jumping into an exercise program. This is especially true if you're overweight, have a medical condition, or are getting up there in the years.

Also remember to warm up thoroughly before each workout. Your risk of injury drops dramatically if you spend 5 minutes warming up and lightly stretching before getting down to the serious workout.

Some people may have seizures or blackouts triggered by light flashes or patterns, such as while watching TV or playing video games, even if they have never had a seizure before. Anyone who has had a seizure, loss of awareness, or other symptom linked to an epileptic condition should consult a doctor before playing a video game.

Parents should watch when their children play video games.

Stop playing and consult a doctor if you or your child have any of the following symptoms:

  • Convulsions
  • Altered Vision
  • Eye or Muscle Twitching
  • Loss of Awareness
  • Disorientation
  • Involuntary Movements

Always maintain a good grip on the exercise equipment to ensure that you do not fall during exercise. If using a hand-held controller ensure that the exercise equipment is designed for use without a need to hold onto the equipment with both hands.

Limit the game play to avoid repetitive motions injuries and eyestrain.

For more information, please consult user guide your exercise equipment. Also, please follow all safety precautions as indicated by the manufacturer of the exercise equipment.