Omnidirectional Treadmill For VR Gaming Gets Kickstarted
We've previously covered the 'Omni' treadmill. The Omni comes from Virtuix and converts players' footsteps into in-game movement. The product is designed to work in conjunction with the Oculus Rift though it isn't essential. Earlier today a Kickstarter campaign was launched for the treadmill and it got funded in a matter of hours.
Virtuix asked for $150,000 (£98,000) and the community has given them over 3 times that amount. The project still has 47 days to go. The amount of money raised is still increasing. Check out the Kickstarter trailer above for more about the product and how it works.
Founder of Virtuix, Jan Goetgeluk, said of the Kickstarter, "The Omni is the result of two years of researching, experimenting, prototyping and designing. We've done a lot of work, and now we're turning to the community to get the Omni through the manufacturing phase. With the help of the community we can start tooling, and get as many Omnis as possible in the hands of VR gaming enthusiasts. Our Kickstarter rewards also come with a significant discount on the Omni's future retail price."
The cheapest Omni unit that will be available will be the DIY version at $249 (£162). This unit doesn't come with an upper support stand though it will include instructions on how to construct your own. The full Omni is the most popular version and was available as a $349 (£228) tier reward. However, all 250 of these units are now gone. There are more expensive versions of the treadmill beyond this though shipping is likely to bump up the price even more (for example, shipping to the UK works out somewhere between $125 & $200).