Virtual Reality (VR) was a popular part of the International Consumer Electronics Show with large goggles immersing users in an all-new environment.
But Virtuix Omni takes things even further with the world’s first omni-directional treadmill that enables 360-degree movement inside the virtual world.
Players stand on the concave omni-direction treadmill and are supported by a strap and held in place with a large ring around their waist.
The proprietary low-friction surface is the result of three years research.
Players wear the specially designed Omni shoes to allow their feet to slide easily across the surface to simulate movement in the game.
So now instead of sitting on the couch with a controller in your hand, Omni actually puts you inside the game.
What you don’t get with the Virtuix Omni package is the Oculus Rift VR goggles or the computer. These need to be purchased separately.
Designed for first person shooter games like Call of Duty, Omni can work with any PC game that uses a gamepad and is enabled for VR.
And like the games you play with a controller, players can walk, run, jump, step sideways and backwards and all in 360 degrees.
Omni is an active form of gaming with a one-hour session the equivalent of a 4-5km walk or run.
Omni first appeared as a product on crowdsourcing site Kickstarter in 2013 and reached its initial $150,000 in a record three and half hours.
The final $1.1m campaign was one of the top ten most successful Kickstarter projects of all time.
You can pre-order Virtuix Omni right now for $US499 plus shipping and for that you get the gaming platform, a pair of Omni shoes, tracking pods and a harness.
Shipping will begin on April 30.