a VR empowered workout station created by german design firm HYVE a VR empowered workout station created by german design firm HYVE
jun 04, 2015

a VR empowered workout station created by german design firm HYVE

a VR empowered workout station created by german design firm HYVE
all images courtesy of HYVE




designed by johannes scholl and CEO michael schmidt, the HYVE ‘icaros’ home gym works with a virtual reality headset, that can imitate flying, roller coasters, and other planets all while burning calories and toning muscles.  ‘the first design model was developed on the basis of VR in 2012, because we thought this was the only real deal’, describes senior innovation designer at hyve, johannes scholl. ‘destiny then was on our side when a VR boom started with oculus rift a few months later. we could then work on making our concept become reality.’ 

the icaros works along with virtual reality headsets




the design works on user balance alone, with no hydraulics or motors, and all the movement in pitch and roll axis are detected by smartphone accelerometers, that send user’s data into the virtual world, which was created by HYVE’s companion animation studio, lumacode. the combination movement and visual cues, convincingly fools the brain into believing the virtual scenarios. initially the ‘icaros’  was very complex with advanced exo skeleton electronics, yet to focus on consumer availability the entire construction needed rethinking, with a final result looking like their working prototype.


icaros virtual world prototype
video courtesy of pascal auberson


 all movements are done by the user




















  • How much ? where can I purchase one or a dozen?


    Denise Jennings says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

technology news