If Kickstarter is for your oculars: what about your legs?

Subject: General Tech, Systems | April 22, 2013 - 06:16 PM |
Tagged: Kickstarter, oculus rift, Virtuix Omni

Even if you no-one watches you game, this device would probably be difficult to store in a closet.

Team Fortress 2 is a fun game and one of the first with support for the Oculus Rift VR headset. But why stop there? The Omni is an omnidirectional treadmill which allows users to move within the device and have that motion translate into computer input. This means that running, strafing, and apparently jumping in your containing vessel will control a videogame character.

How the heck they expect to Scout double-jump? Beats me.

The company is currently in preparation for a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. Under the assumption that no trickery is going on, this could be a leap forward for VR.

Perhaps a small-business arcade might like to get a few gaming PCs set up? To me, it sounds like an interesting novelty previously reserved for theme parks and traveling mall demonstrations. If it works as planned, it might even be a better technology.

Still no word on price or predicted availability, but I expect that will come soon.

Source: Virtuix

April 23, 2013 | 04:29 AM - Posted by Prodeous (not verified)

I want to donate, start the Kickstarter.. This will help a lot of North Americans to keep in shape hihi. But in general would be an interesting experience.

April 23, 2013 | 09:25 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes, there are a S*itload of gamers that are as big around as that device's base, it is going to need the same suspension as an M1A2, and some place to hold the oxygen tank!

April 23, 2013 | 09:41 AM - Posted by Prodeous (not verified)

Was there my self so yeah. I'm referring to being overweight (lived in Canada). Now in Poland and it is a totally different life.

Still your commend killed me.. made my laugh till i cried.

Now back to the subject, the device would be a must for integration with the Oculus Rift, and with Razer Hydra... can't wait to see more of this.

May 2, 2013 | 09:34 PM - Posted by Branthog

These are gimmicky ideas that have no actual application at the moment, but will ultimately help move technology forward. I mean, you and I are sitting in a chair, poking our fingers at a controller in our hand with minimal movement for a reason. If we wanted to put on a bunch of gear and go for a run, we wouldn't be spending that time on a couch or in an office chair, relaxing, to begin with.

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