The lights are on
We're moving closer and closer to in-home virtual reality every day. The Oculus Rift is out in the consumer wild, and Virtuix has now opened up reserves for its omnidirectional treadmill.
You can head here to see the impressive treadmill in action. You can get the Omni and one pair of the necessary shoes for $499, or you can opt for two devices with three pairs of shoes for $1,019. To go ahead and put your money down, you can head to Virtuix's website. The treadmill will be heading to consumers in March of 2014, giving you plenty of time to train.
[Source: Virtuix via Joystiq]
Our TakeViruix's Omni looks amazing, especially when coupled with the Oculus Rift. It also looks somewhat impractical. I wrote recently about the Oculus Rift, pointing out that despite its amazing unbridled immersion, I am not sure if it will be my first choice for the way I will play games in the future. I think the Omni might offer a similar experience: incredibly immersive, but unwieldy. I can't wait to try one out, though.
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i would like an omnidirectional treadmill, period. imagine all the incredible dance moves possible?! if i had an extra $500 sitting around, this would be a serious consideration.
With an Oculus rift, HOLODECK, HERE I COME!
Hmm...yeah, I'd probably get it at some point. Better then sitting down doing nothing but playing games the entire time.
While it would be great to get one. I just don't have room in my apartment. The space requirement alone makes this a no buy for me.
Hahahaha athletic ability and gaming... You're gonna need a bigger treadmill
I could definitely see this being useful, especially on those days when I come home from school and just collapse, only to wake up after the sun's went down, or on those days when it just won't stop raining. Other than those situations, this probably wouldn't see much use from me, but I can definitely see how useful this would be to people who don't have as much space outside to walk as I do, so I really hope this is successful in helping people get more active.
This is unperfected and just doesn't seem ready for common gamers, I'll probably wait half a decade or so before I seriously think about picking this stuff up. That being said, it sill looks pretty sweet.