There is nothing new about virtual bike touring
In a recent post on the future of virtual interior design, we noted that Aaron Puzey was cycling from one end of Britain to another- on a stationary bike. He is virtually around Manchester now. He tells Cnet why he started the project:
Puzey, who is originally from Australia but now living in Scotland, tells me the impetus for constructing his VR touring system was "boredom, initially. I've been riding the exercise bike for years, just half an hour each day, but it's just a bit monotonous," Puzey says. "I'd been day dreaming for a while about the possibility of using VR to make it a bit more fun and now of course the technology has arrived to make it happen."
Coincidentally I saw this, where the technology was proposed way back in 1897, according to this drawing found on Paleofuture. It does Puzey one better, with a fan to give the illusion of movement. The cinematograph was in fact the name for the movie camera and projector invented by the Lumiere Brothers in 1895 and was a big hand-cranked thing that would not have fit on one's face like this, but the idea was certainly prescient.