As virtual reality (VR) begins to hit the mainstream, with many companies about to show off their current VR line up, most of the attention is going towards the head-mounted displays (HMD) that are soon to be launched. There are some companies like Cyberith that are concentrating on how to make input even more immersive with the Kickstarter-funded Virtualizer omni-directional treadmill.
Back in August 2014 Cyberith managed to raise $361,452 USD through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the Virtualizer, and were hoping to send the first shipments to backers in March 2015. As VRFocus reported in February this year, Cyberith announced a delay to the schedule due to continued developments of the Virtualizer and have now slated August 2015 as the new shipping date.
The Virtualizer’s goal is to give VR users a real sense natural, free flowing movement within a virtual world, whether it being walking, running or strafing in any direction. The ring and harness combination also allows for crouching and jumping, you can even sit down if needed, all while having full 360 degree rotation movement. Cyberith have also insured compatibility with other devices such as Sixense’s STEM system motion controllers.
Cyberith will be at next weeks E3 expo in Los Angeles with three of the Virtualizer kits available for visitors to experience, alongside Acan’s Call, an in-house developed demo set in an ancient Mayan Temple and designed to be a tutorial for the device itself.
Below is a current video to demonstrate how the Virtualizer functions as an immersive platform for VR, whilst being used along side an Oculus Rift HMD unit.
VRFocus will continue to follow Cyberith and will be there for any further announcements.