cykill is a simple hack that attempts to tackle one of America's biggest challenges – obesity.
cykill leverages the excessive gaming habits of its users to help them
realize aspirations of weight loss.
The only way the gaming console will power on, is if you ride the bike.
Fail to pedal fast enough and cykill will kill the power. ☢ Possibilities of hard drive corruption ☢
The project is open source and easy for anyone to make at home! Everything you need is here: images, video, parts list,
circuit diagram, and code. Also published on
Over the last three years I have gained an astonishing 40lbs (18kg) as a result of ZERO fitness in my life.
I dislike everything about gyms – the time wasted, the monthly bill, and the obnoxious muscle men.
The gym is just not an elegant solution to weight loss (in my opinion). But somehow, I need to loose this weight.
Back when I was in undergrad (about 6 years ago) I was gaming excessively, to the point where it was having a
negative impact on my grades, social life, and general trajectory in life. I was forced to
stop gaming at that point in order to focus on a career.
I believe cykill has struck a balance between my addiction and aspiration. Initially,
this was a self-serving invention, never intended to be shared online. But then I realized, there
are MILLIONS of Americans who are challenged with excessive gaming and weight gain – many of them kids and teens.
I am not sure cykill is the answer to obesity in America, but given that the scientific community has come up
with zero elegant solutions at this point in time, I feel it is definitely worth a shot!
I have been using it for two months now with great success. It basically allows you to forget you are even working out,
because the focus is on the gaming. It did take some time getting used to maintaining a pace on the bike during moments of
intense gameplay. After a big scene in the game you will see the cykill LED meter approaching :( forcing you to pedal like
mad in order to stabalize it. What a silly but effective invention this is.