Omni Treadmill Gaming Peripheral Pre-Orders
Take Virtual reality to the next level, or so says the marketing that accompanies the Virtuix Omni Natural Motion Interface.
The treadmill will hook up to your PC and convert your real movement into keyboard movement. So you can run, walk and even jump. This gaming device is due out in March 2014 and they are taking pre-orders now for just $499...
The Omni Treadmill blasted through its Kickstarter campaign earlier this year and now the option to pre-order is open to everyone, although their is still quite a few months until its intended release.
You stand in the centre of the treadmill device, put on some special Omni shoes, that come with it your purchase, and walk or run in the direction of your choosing. You can even strafe and jump. Of course if you happen to start moving away from the screen then you will not be able to see where you are going. This means you have two "kinda realistic" options.
1. Get a screen in your living room that goes 360 degrees, so that no matter which way you run you will be able to see the screen.
2. Get an Oculus Rift to wear on your face while you run about on the Virtuix Omni Treadmill.
What do you get for your $499?
• 1 Virtuix Omni natural motion interface platform
• 1 support harness
• 1 pair of shoes
• Virtuix Omni tracking software and hardware
To be clear though the Omni pre-order purchase of $499 does not include the Oculus Rift and it also does not include your postage and packaging.
The Omni can support people up to 285lbs or 130Kg and anyone from around 4 foot 8 inches up to six foot 5 inches.
The Omni treadmill is about 48 inches in diameter and has a 20 inch platform.
If all goes well with the Omni Treadmill they are likely to introduce accompanying tracking software and devices that will function similarly to the Kinect to help interrupt all of your bodies movement without the need for Kinect.
There will also be an SDK released alongside the Omni to help encourage the development and use of the device.
Because the Omni is converting movement into keyboard presses the device can be used with pretty much all games.
What do you guys think about the treadmill? Is it going to liven up your games, when will you actually use this?