Editors' Choice

Virtual Reality Machine Lets You Fly

Ben Migono / January 30, 2017

We’ve all wanted to fly like Superman, and for most of us, to look like him too. Strong, and with a good physique. Well that’s why ICAROS was created.


It’s an active virtual reality machine, fitness device and gaming controller all in one, to let you experience what it’s like to fly, but also exercise your body while doing so.


This wireless flight simulator isn’t as complicated as it seems. This full body system is gyroscopic and has an ergonomic design to hold your body with adjustable arm and leg rests. It only requires you to lay down on the equipment holding yourself in a plank position while wearing a head mounted display.



Once you’re in position, you use your core strength to control the machine, your shoulders and hips to help move and steer yourself in different directions, but that’s not all. The machine also engages other parts of your body like your beck, chest, triceps, back, quads, and calves as you navigate through the skies.


The ICAROS game allows you to discover and explore the virtual universe, not just with the ability to fly, but you can also dive underwater, ride a motorcycle and go parachuting. All of this with the magic of virtual reality.


While immersed in this active virtual reality, the machine not only engages your muscles, but it also helps you develop your balance, concentration and reflexes. There is a knob to adjust the difficulty of the simulation, and can be changed to suit people with different physical abilities.



The idea behind the concept of this, according to CEO, Michael Schmidt, was to motivate people to be more active, to exercise while playing, and to enjoy working out. And exercising while you’re playing a VR flying game is not a bad way to attract people to being active while playing games.


To purchase your own ICAROS flight simulator and fitness machine, it’ll cost you $8000, and it currently works with Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.


For more information, you can check out their website here.


All images via ICAROS