COLUMBIA, SC â€“ SpeedTreeRTâ„¢, the game development industryâ€™s most popular foliage solution, is doing its part to make the world a fitter place. The windblown trees and plants of SpeedTree have been added to a revolutionary interactive exercise system pioneered by Expresso Fitness of Sunnyvale, California.
The Spark, a virtual reality-enhanced stationary exercise bike launched in March of this year, sports a 17-inch flat screen monitor instead of the magazine rack one usually finds on such equipment. While users of The Spark trade pounds for muscle, they can ride through any of twenty virtual courses, including an easy trip through California history, an extreme trek up a steep mountain, a tour of rolling farmlands, and even a journey among the clouds. And as they get fit, riders will pass plenty of SpeedTree foliage â€“ swaying palm trees, grand oaks, stately poplars and coastal brush.
â€œWe have over 100 miles of virtual roads in our product,â€ said Cisco Lopez-Fresquet, Lead Programmer at Expresso Fitness. â€œSpeedTree was the product that allowed us to plant trees alongside these roads, within the time and budget we had.â€
Mr. Lopez-Fresquet added that both the outstanding aesthetics and ease of use of SpeedTree were key in choosing the software. â€œSpeedTree provided an effective way to leverage our development resources during a project with an extremely short development schedule,â€ he said. â€œOur engine would not have looked as good as it did as quickly as it did without SpeedTree. SpeedTree was a proven method of adding a large amount of content and quality to our system with little risk.â€
About Expresso Fitness:
Sunnyvale, CA-based Expresso Fitness was founded in 2003 with the mission of satisfying an exerciserâ€™s need for an engaging and effective cardiovascular fitness product. The company leverages the benefits of superior interactive technology at an affordable cost to provide the health, sports and fitness industry with fully integrated, virtual reality-enhanced cardio fitness systems. Expresso Fitnessâ€™s first product is the Spark, which brings together virtual reality and stationary bike equipment into a single, commercial-grade cardio fitness system.
SpeedTreeRT delivers low-polygon, highly realistic trees and plants, with adjustable wind effects, seamless LOD transitions, and an included library of hundreds of tree, plant and marine models from more than 160 core species. SpeedTreeRT includes SpeedTreeCAD, a Windows application used to create and edit animated trees in real-time.
Interactive Data Visualization, Inc. (IDV), develops software products with a focus on realtime three dimensional applications for the game development, visual simulation, engineering visualization, and animation industries. IDV, a privately held corporation, was founded in 1999 in Columbia, South Carolina. For more information about IDV, visit www.idvinc.com.