Shunal DokeAug 12, 2013 08:51:40 IST
Remember Virtuix’s omnidirectional VR-based treadmill Omni? After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the company has finally made the Omni treadmill available for pre-order on its official website. There are two sets up for grabs: the Virtuix Omni Natural Motion Interface and the Virtuix Omni Duel Package. Picking up the packages will set you back by $499 (Rs 30,300 approx) or $1,019 (Rs 61,800 approx) respectively.
The $499 package gets you the Omni treadmill, shoes, belt and motion-tracking hardware and software. The much more expensive Duel Package gets you two Omni setups and three pairs of shoes.
The Omni is now up for pre-order
The treadmill we had seen back in April was a prototype of the Omni. It allows you to step, walk or run in any direction you want. It plugs into a computer so that your movements are fed into the game. This essentially means that you can control your character's movements by moving yourself. While it does allow you to control movement with your own feet, jumping seems to be a tricky proposition.
One of the main features of the Omni is that it is ready to play out of the box with any game or app that uses keyboard input. The Omni is compatible with the Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra or other game controllers.
The Omni can also be disassembled and stored. The top is removable and the Omni can be stowed away like exercise equipment. The ring height and belt size are adjustable. The current Omni design has an outer diameter of 48" (122cm) and weighs 110lbs (50kg). The support ring height is adjustable to best accommodate a user height ranging from 4'8" to 6'5" (142cm - 195cm).
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