Qmotions, a developer of PC and console-based active game technologies, has teamed up with UK-based interactive entertainment firm Codemasters to fight obesity with video games.
Through the partnership, Qmotions will launch the professional edition of its latest active videogame controller, ‘Qmotions-FunFitness’, a device that converts exercise bikes into interactive videogame machines, bundled with Codemasters’ ‘TOCA Race Driver 3’ racing simulation game.
The companies say Qmotions-FunFitness is a hybrid device that works with existing recumbent exercise bikes to enhance workouts via videogames. Compatible with current videogame platforms, the device translates pedal speed into on-screen vehicle action in most racing games, while users control direction with a complementary controller.
We believe there should be more to gaming than a couch and a controller, and more to fitness than a bike and some headphones, said Amro Albanna, founder and CEO, Qmotions. We are confident that the pairing of TOCA Race Driver 3 with Qmotions-FunFitness will bring together enjoyable fitness and great gaming in a compelling way.
Released in February 2006, TOCA Race Driver 3 will offer users of Qmotions-FunFitness more than 120 championships across 35 different motor sport disciplines, in 21 different cars that range from British GT, V8 Supercars, Formula 3 and Williams Grand Prix cars from the last 30 years. Enhanced realistic features include letting players maintain their racecar throughout the course with engine tune-ups and experiencing engine inertia.
Qmotions-FunFitness will retail at under $100.