A revolution in virtual reality is underway – consumers can now explore virtual worlds with the natural use of their hands and eyes thanks to affordable devices such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The Virtuix Omni™ evolves virtual reality one step further, allowing anyone to stand up and traverse virtual worlds with the natural use of their own feet. Walking and running in virtual reality creates an unprecedented sense of immersion.
Virtuix has completed a successful $1.1 million Kickstarter campaign thanks to more than 3,000 backers, and has raised more than $16 million in funding to date. From Kickstarter to kickoff, Virtuix has led the way in addressing locomotion in virtual environments. The Omni blazed the market trail for ultimate immersive gaming, attracting the interest of both indie and market-leading game developers. With no moving parts, the Omni is not only the first, but also the most compact, easily assembled, and affordable gaming system of its kind.
True virtual reality cannot be experienced sitting down. The panoramic visuals offered by head mounted displays need corresponding natural movement to maintain our sense of orientation and feeling of immersion.
The Omni frees 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 walking, running, and jumping in games. The Omni transforms the gaming experience into a highly interactive, energetic battle royale between players fighting for virtual supremacy.
Omni players can walk and run in 360 degrees, resulting in a natural interface that works with any game or application that uses keyboard or gamepad input. Walk, run, jump, strafe, or even sit—movements mapped to the keyboard or gamepad can be mapped to natural motion with the Omni. The Omni works with PC or even mobile devices, thanks to its integrated Bluetooth connectivity.
The Omni is the result of four years of design and testing. The Omni uses a concave platform that enables a smooth, natural gait and an immersive walking and running motion. The final Omni design was created by the award winning design studio CRE8 Design.