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.

  • Sharon Sangston Degnan

    This is awesome, you should come out with a treadmill like this, for us non gamies that like virtual reality running

  • mewmix


  • You GW? You dead mon?

  • hoadpfs
  • joevsyou

    cool stuff! i am not big on kick starter because i do not like giving money for ideas with little rewards. Anyways this is something i am interested in trying and pretty sure i be getting rift so this be next step getting what i really want lol

  • Lu Cho

    I wonder if ot still makes that plastic "clack clack" sound when you walk or run.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Oh god not Linus. That guy is so annoying -.-'

  • sjokolademelk


  • $45593800

    So games would not only be about skills but stamina? awesome

  • Doug Eldridge

    I came.

  • Bro Jones

    Glad this is the future of gaming now that i have a fucking sprained ankle that will give me trouble for the rest of my life

  • Brant_Alan

    I think without realizing it, they created a belt and electricity free Treadmill alternative.
    I seriously just want to run on that thing.

  • Calimar

    That's exactly what I thought. The first thing I did after reading this article was send the link to my mom who's looking for a new treadmill after her previous one gave her tons of problems with the belt. A $430 treadmill with no belt problems and that doesn't require electricity seems like a good deal to me.

  • Bubbubsky

    If I ever win the lottery, you better believe I'm buying this puppy.

  • Bobert

    No need to win the lottery, its only 350-400$ on their kick starter page...... but even for that low price,its not worth it.

  • Benmark

    It's DEFINITELY worth it. That thing looks fun as hell.

  • Pizza

    Now you can break a sweat playing FIFA, and not just from the anxiety!

  • Vince Hjerpe

    i hope this is going to be as good as i think it is going to be

  • I really think these guys have a winning product on their hands.

    As a designer, I give them big kudos for the simplicity in their VR solution.

  • Bobert

    I think this product will break the immersion. You are forced up even when you need to crouch, Turning seem super weird, Immersion killer. Just look at the TF2 video, it feel awkward as fuck. And thats from me, a early oculus rift backer. The future is in some sort of more advanced kinect with the oculus rift.

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