Brief Project Description

In “Excite Bike,” the user pedals on a stationary bicycle, which becomes a multimedia instrument for producing music and videos. A camera with color recognition technology tracks a piece of pink tape on the user’s foot, calculating pedal speed. This becomes the main input into the computer program I designed (pictured above, with the lovely DIY aesthetic of the programming language Max/MSP/Jitter). A video game controller attached to the cycle’s handlebars allows the user to choose between different options:

  1) Jukebox: Listen to slow, medium, or up-tempo songs based on pedal speed
  2) Make your own song: Build their own beat, first with drums, then bass, then synth
  3) Bicycle safety: Play a simple video game based on clips from cycling races