The Cool New Run-Around-In-Virtual-Reality Treadmill

June 7, 2013


This is the Omni 'Move Naturally In Your Favorite Game' system. Oh, it's not actually a treadmill by the way, it's just slick plastic that you wear special shoes on that give just the right amount of slip and traction so you can run around in there chasing bad guys and shooting them with your gun. Just like a Navy Seal. Well, if Navy Seals didn't get winded after one round and have to take an energy drink break.

The Omni takes virtual reality to the next level-- allowing anyone to stand up and traverse virtual worlds with the natural use of their own feet. The Omni is the first virtual reality interface for moving freely and naturally in your favorite game. Moving naturally in virtual reality creates an unprecedented sense of immersion that cannot be experienced sitting down. That's why we developed the Omni.

The Omni is a fully integrated VR interface that comes with sophisticated tracking hardware and software and is ready to play, out of the box, with any game or app that uses keyboard input.

Currently, $430 will get you the whole Omni system including a pair of the special shoes in your size. And, since the Omni has already surpassed it's $150,000 Kickstarter funding goal by over 4X in just three days, production is definitely a go. I guess a lot of people really do want a more immersive virtual reality experience. Or at least think they do until they realize running around for an hour in virtual reality takes the same effort as running around for an hour in real life. Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking the system at all, I'm just clearing some room under my bed to store the thing after my first heart attack.

Hit the jump for another shot of the system, a shot of a shoe, and several video demos including a walking tour of Riften in Skyrim.



Thanks to Travis, Chasey Boy, ben, Fleather and Marc, who agree virtual reality is way cooler than actual reality, especially when you have to go to work.

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