The team at Cyberith has been working hard on its Virtualizer omni-directional treadmill for virtual reality (VR) experiences since raising over $350,000 USD on Kickstarter earlier this year. The company has been keeping fans in the loop with newsletters about the device’s progress since then, and has today confirmed an intriguing piece of information that will bring the kit to other VR head-mounted displays (HMD) alongside the Oculus Rift.
Cyberith has confirmed that it is finalising Bluetooth integration in the Virtualizer, meaning the kit will be able to connect to smartphones. This means that smartphone-based HMDs such as the Durovis Dive and even Samsung’s Gear VR will now be able to work with the device. Crucially, this will allow for unteathered VR experiences on the Virtualizer where the Oculus Rift requires a wired connection to a PC.
“While ideas like the Google Cardboard are fun and will surely give people a glimpse of what’s possible in VR these days, the Samsung Gear VR is an actual VR device with a powerful display and impressive head track that left us stunned after our first try,” the company wrote in its latest newsletter. “We are convinced more mobile VR devices will follow once the GearVR is being released and in order to let you guys choose from all the HMDs available, Bluetooth support is an absolute must.”
Elsewhere the company stressed that it was currently prioritising getting the Virtualizer ready to ship to the first backers in March 2015. There’s still some time to go then, which should mean the company will be able to handle demand. VRFocus will continue to follow the Virtualizer moving forward, reporting back with any further updates.