VR bike takes you anywhere in the world

A central Iowa brain rehabilitation center said it’s the first facility in the United States to acquire a rare virtual reality bicycle.

It’s called the jDome and it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie.

The machine allows you to pedal anywhere in the world.

“I can type in any address in the world,” On With Life physical therapist Amy Deburh said. “If Google Street has been there, it will come up on the screen.”

The equipment was created in Sweden to help dementia patients with memory, but it also helps patients like Doug Brown with physical therapy.

Brown suffered a stroke, which left him paralyzed on the left side of his body.

His family plans to visit their son in Shanghai, China, soon.

“It’s a really good therapy technique to say, ‘OK, where is that line going? We need to see which way to turn,’” Deburh said.

The jDome helps patients stay engaged.

Camanio Care, the Swedish company that built the jDome, is lending the machine to On With Life for a year. The facility in Ankeny has had the jDome for about eight months.

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