Cyberith posted the Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible omnidirectional treadmill, the Virtualizer, at 17:00 BST yesterday, 24th July 2014. The company is hoping to raise $250,000 USD in order to fund production of the device, which can be used with the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD). In just under 18 hours since the campaign’s launch, it’s raised well over half its target.
The Virtualizer campaign currently stands at over $1,300 raised with the help of over 190 backers. That includes 2 that have opted for the $3,899 reward tier which secures four Virtualizers in a bundle. Only 4 of the developer-focused Virtualizer without sensors remain, while over 100 backers have ordered the early bird version of the device at $699, meaning there are just 50 left before the price increases to $749.
There’s still a total of 38 days before Cyberith’s Virtualizer finishes its Kickstarter campaign on 31st August 2014, so the company has plenty of time to try and double its currenty funding goal. Stretch goals are yet to be outlined, though they will likely be shared as the campaign approaches its funding. Should the campaign prove successful then the first Virtualizers are expected to ship in March 2015.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Virtualizer’s progress going forward, reporting back with any further updates.