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CNET First Look
Move around in the game world while staying put in the real-world with the Virtuix OmniThe Virtuix Omni is an omnidirectional surface that gives you the power to move around in a game world without (seriously) endangering yourself and others.
-I'm Eric Franklin and I'm here with the Virtuix Omni. It's an Omni directional surface that uses a low friction surface. It allows you to walk around in the game world while staying in place in the real world. Also uses the Oculus Rift for head tracking and the Kinect sensor for added motion tracking. They'll also have you use special shoes that have low friction soles on the bottom. And if you wanna go hands-free, you'll need to employ the stabilizing belt. It's a prototype right now and looks kind of intimidating. I actually couldn't put it on. I was a little too big and little too tall for it, but if you're a smaller skinnier person then you'll definitely wanna put this on. They're using Half Life 2 for the demo, but it actually works with any PC game, so I'm pretty excited to give it a try. -Hold with both hands. -Both hands. -It might get a little slippery. -All right. -All right. Let's start with a small step. Take a small step forward and lean forward. Lean into your center with it. Put your weight on your forward foot. Put your weight on-- -Oh, this one on forefoot. Okay. All right. As long as I can hold on, I'm pretty good. -Yes. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to really get comfortable. -It feels like I'm walking on ice right now. -High resolution. Yes. -Yes. Like that. -Okay. I'm in my head and then I sometimes I forget that I'm doing that. This one. Oh, I thought that I was looking that way. The Omni is still available on kickstarter for $429; that will end in July and then you can pre-order it for between $499 and $599. Those orders will start shipping in January of next year. I'm Eric Franklin and this has been a First Look at the Virtuix Omni.