Staying fit is a challenge for many people, and I would argue, especially for gamers who are used to sitting in front of a screen for hours on end. I’m not judging by any means, being guilty of that myself. But virtual reality changes that fact drastically by getting you up on your feet and involved in a lot of physical activity. Which we don’t mind for the most part because it’s fun, right?
Going to the gym, on the other hand, can’t be construed as fun by most people, and that’s where Black Box VR comes in. Created by Preston Lewis and Ryan DeLuca – two self-confessed ‘fitness fanatics’ – Black Box VR combines the power of immersion that the HTC Vive provides with expensive exercise equipment designed to get you fit in no time. Lewis and DeLuca are well-known as the founders of Bodybuilding.com and they decided that VR is the next step in their venture.“In Black Box you will utilize strength, agility, balance, and speed in a larger than life virtual world where we are able to harness the nature that is brought out in video games – dedication, determination, and longevity – and turn it into real, physical workouts that challenge both mind and body,” said CCO and Co-Founder, Preston Lewis.
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Black Box VR has been named a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree for its innovative resistance-based virtual reality fitness experience. According to a press release, after trying virtual reality for the first time, Ryan and Preston knew they were experiencing a new immersive technology that, if paired with resistance training, gaming principles and high intensity cardio, could be a winning combination for people trying to reach their health & fitness goals. So Black Box VR was born back in 2016.
“For nearly two years, our team of veterans from both the fitness industry and the gaming industry have collaborated to harness the groundbreaking power of virtual reality to change the landscape of results-driven exercise and competitive eEports as we know it,” said CEO and Co-Founder, Ryan DeLuca. “We couldn’t be more excited to unveil our product in Las Vegas, and proud to have been honored with a CES Innovation Award.”
Right now the whole Black Box VR setup is too large to be viable for home use, so the company is aiming to open boutique gyms across the US where members can go to get their game/workout on. A future home version is not out of the question though if the system can be streamlined. Black Box VR will be demonstrating its product at CES 2018 and lets you enter a virtual arena where you compete in fitness-based activities against an avatar. Later on, users will also be able to compete against each other. Though the experience only has one standard player avatar available at unveiling.