Virtual reality start-up Virtuix is building a virtual reality treadmill for its users’ homes,media reported. Omni One is a well-designed full-body controller that allows users to run, jump and squat in the right place. Previously, it was a commercial and arcade-focused device, expected to go on sale in mid-2021 for $1995.
In 2013, the crowdfunding platform Virtuix Omni began development. This is not a traditional treadmill, but a low-friction platform that uses special low-friction shoes or shoe sleeves and seat belts.
Omni One is more compact than its predecessors, fixing the user to a vertical bar and folding it up and putting it away. Players will be able to play games from a dedicated online market mall, which is expected to launch 30 games. Virtuix doesn’t yet have a complete list, but it plans to include third-party games in its own experience — including games like Fortnite and Call of Duty.
It is reported that the retail version of Omni One will be a set of independent systems and a separate headset portfolio of products. Currently, it is being tested with a Pico Neo 2, but Virtuix will decide in the coming months which headset will be used for retail. The $995 development is only available on treadmills. For those who want the full package, Virtuix is launching a Regulation Funding funding campaign that will allow the company to sell its shares through crowdfunding. Fans of the concept must invest at least $1,000 in return for a 20% discount on the consumer version of Omni One or up to 40% if they invest in the first week.
Virtuix does not describe these investments as “pre-orders”. VR crowdfunding can be a high-risk proposition, as markets and technologies can change rapidly as companies build a product. Virtuix is better able to deliver on the promises they’ve made than some virtual reality start-ups, but Omni’s goals are still evolving. It was originally designed to be sold around the world as a home gaming system, but Virtuix was forced to cancel some bookings as the device became bigger and more complex. Virtuix then stopped offering tedious products to consumers in favor of virtual reality arcades. Location-based virtual reality technology has now been destroyed by the new crown pandemic, but Virtuix says it will resume installing services for business users.