Some dude mocked up the streets in his town so that it looks like he’s playing Guitar Hero while he’s riding his bike around. Clever.
While this is awesome, I’m disappointed its a hack (I know, I know… I’m a hater). When Mike (Sharon) fwd’ed this to me my first thought was “Holy shit, someone pulled off the bike game!”… thinking this was a bike + GPS + you need to ride over the red/yellow/blue dots at just the right time / just the right speed to make the song work.
But there’s no tech here… it’s just kind of smoke and mirrors (though cool smoke and mirrors! I know!).
Anyway, I’ve been waiting for someone to do a moving-fast-with-GPS game for a while. We tried w/ PacManhattan (but ended up scraping any use of GPS). I tried last year with my GPS ski game (“you ski over powerups!”) but that got shelved too (real time GPS + network = hard!) I’ve been hoping someone would do it with Nike+… running over powerups, colleting Super Mario-style coins, etc but no luck so far (for anyone that’s heard me tell the story about the 1-Up Mushroom on the Williamsburg bridge, you know what I’m talking about). I was thinking this last year @ Picnic in Amsterdam… what if I could ride my bike around and get points, etc. for riding over (collecting!) the little bike lane icons they paint on the streets. Hmmm…
Anyway, maybe it’s time to try this again (iPhone / G1 mounted on bike?). I know the Blast Theory guys tried to do it with Rider Spoke (tho not sure how successful that was). I would love love love to actually *play* a version of Guitar Hero on my bike, riding thru NYC, making music and generating score (imagine having to run a red light to keep a solo going!). Maybe we should try to build this (anyone? anyone? email me!)