Use position sensor of smartphone for optional steering

(Alexander Troiss) #1

Just an idea:

Why not use the sensors built into the smartphone optionally for Zwift? For example, one could use the position sensor to simulate steering. Or the accelerometer to detect if a rider is currently in his saddle or standing?



(Duane Gran [Vision]) #2

It is an interesting concept, but it would probably rely on someone having a wheel block that would pivot.  They are out there but they aren’t common.  It would also require a handlebar mount for the phone.  A final concern would be that I’ve heard from people who used the steering module for the Tacx Fortius and the general mood seems to be that it is cool at first but long term you just want to ride and forget about it.

The reason is because steering in the real world is done more with small adjustments in your leaning.  I’ve never used the steering functions on other platforms but I get the impression that it just doesn’t feel at all natural.

(Maurizio Gigliotti) #3

ref : By Caley Fretz
Published Oct. 1, 2014
Updated Mar. 10, 2015 at 11:46 AM EST

Soon, riders will be able to interact verbally via their smartphones. There is already an app that shows current speed, power, and more, and also uses the device’s gyroscope to provide steering input to the system. Combining the two, communication and virtual steering, would allow users to ride up to groups inside the Zwift world and interact just as they would on the road.