This week sees Cyberith achieve huge success with its Kickstarter campaign for the Virtualizer omni-directional treadmill for virtual reality (VR) experiences. The campaign has now surpassed its initial $250,000 USD goal, having been posted on 23rd July 2014. Funding came from over 350 backers, with over three weeks to go until the campaign’s closure on 31st August. Stretch goals for the campaign are yet to be revealed.
“We are truly humbled by your amazing support and will continue to work day and night to offer you the best VR experience possible!” Cyberith said in a Kickstarter update shortly before the campaign’s success. “But, even though the campaign is looking to turn out great, we are well aware that the real work starts once we’ve finished our Kickstarter campaign, because as all of you can probably imagine, manufacturing a high-tech product isn’t something to be done easily.”
The Virtualizer works with the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD), allowing the user to walk and even jump on a platform and have their movement replicated in a given experience. It is similar to the Virtuix Omni treadmill, though also allows for crouching and doesn’t require shoes. The current model uses a modified version of the Wii Zapper to simulate a firearm, though the kit also plans to feature support for the Trinity Magnum VR controller should the device pass its own Kickstarter campaign.
The Kickstarter campaign managed to sell out of is 150 early bird Virtualizer kits for $699 and even saw 95 pledges for the $949 Virtualizer enhanced with haptic feedback. These early kits are estimated to be delivered in March 2015.
How much more can Cyberith raise for the Virtualizer’s development in its remaining time? VRFocus will continue to follow the tech going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the device’s progress including stretch goal updates and more.