Oculus Rift, Kinect setup recreates Paperboy video game

Deliver virtual newspapers with your stationary bike, goggles and iPad

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At the Computer Human Interaction conference in Toronto, IDG News Service video guy Nick Barber interviews some researchers who created a “bootstrapped immersive video game” featuring an Xbox Kinect camera, a stationary bicycle, Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and an iPad.

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Their result? A virtual “Paperboy” simulation, which makes 1980s kids scream with glee. For anyone under 30, the Paperboy video game featured an arcade console with bike handlebars that you’d steer in the game, and a button would throw your newspapers to houses on your route (you could also throw the papers to destroy houses that weren’t on your route). The video shows how they did it:

For those under 30 as well, a “newspaper” was a printed product that told you what was going on in the world, usually from the day before. Life was hard before the Internet, kids.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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