Yesterday VRFocus reported on haptic vest company Woojer easily achieving its Kickstarter goal in a few hours, and now Cybershoes has done the same. The crowd-funding campaign only started this afternoon and within a couple of hours had sailed past its €30,000 EUR goal.
Having taken demo units to Tokyo Game Show (TGS), Gamescom and the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year – where VRFocus first came across and demoed the device – Cybershoes has developed a pair of slippery shoes enabling gamers to easily walk in virtual reality (VR). Designed to attach to the underneath of any shoe, the Cybershoes have a roller on the underside to track movement, all users need to do is naturally move their legs as if they were walking – whilst seated – to move virtually.
In development for over three years, the Cybershoes can support up to 220lb / 100kg – remember they’re not designed to be used standing – use radio, not Bluetooth, for stability and performance, and 3 hours of charging via Micro USB gives you 8-10 hours playtime.
With the funding goal now achieved the Cybershoes Kickstarter is currently sat on just over €45,000 with 29 days left to go. There are quite a few funding tiers, with the cheapest way to get your own Cybershoes being the €151 Super Early Bird. Adding a further €4 will gain backers the Cybershoes Carpet, designed to work perfectly with the device.Once the limited early birds are gone then the standard price is €193. There are also backing tiers for VR arcades.
And by the looks of things there shouldn’t be too long to wait. The shoes shown at this years events were the third-generation, with the final consumer ready version expecting to be shipped January 2019.
Cybershoes is compatible with SteamVR applications that use either touchpad or thumbsticks for free locomotion, such as those found on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. For further updates on the Cybershoes Kickstarter, keep reading VRFocus.