Virtuix Omni - Not for the lazy
I am quick to think that everything that comes along is the future of gaming, but seriously, this might be it.
This project was another kickstarter funded campaign. Beginning yesterday with the goal of reaching $150,000, as of 5am CST today, it has already received nearly $500,000 in pledges. By the time you are reading this, Virtuix may have a billion dollars in pledges for their "Omni". Here is an excerpt from their kickstarter page:
The Omni enables you to move naturally and freely in virtual worlds. Get fully immersed in your favorite game!
Experience full virtual reality
We are in the midst of a revolution in virtual reality. The release of affordable head mounted displays and low-cost sensor technologies has brought the decades-old dream of true virtual reality closer than ever, but there’s still one more piece to the puzzle: the Omni.
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.
Stay in shape while gaming
Walk, run, jump, crouch: the Omni will keep you on your feet and in motion. It’s a healthier way to game — working out has never been this much fun. Our software even tracks your distance traveled and calories burned along the way.
The Omni will free gamers from passive, seated gameplay, unleashing the full potential of virtual reality gaming with the Oculus Rift and future head mounted displays. Gaming on a keyboard, mouse or gamepad while seated pales in comparison to the intense experience and fun that comes from actually running and jumping in games.
In the press
- “Jaw-dropping virtual reality” – PC Gamer
- “Impressive and probably the single best reason to ever play Skyrim without fast travel” – Kotaku
- “Ladies and gentlemen, you’re looking at the future of gaming” – Road To VR
- “If you really want that full-motion experience, what you'll need is a gaming rig that lets you walk around as well. Enter the Virtuix Omni” – The Escapist
- “Try resist throwing money at the screen” – Engadget
Would you play Custom Zombie Maps like this, or is it too much work?