While we were all preoccupied with waiting for Sony and Microsoft to come out with the next generation of consoles, some smaller more mobile firms were readying some serious tech to stir the gaming industry.
Firstly let’s look at Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset for video games that we told you about back in March. The Rift is a high-resolution display, with head tracking, that provides an immersive experience that allows you to get right inside the game. Full 360˚ vision allows the gamer to physically turn their head to be able to view things around them and in first person shooters, actually aim where they are looking.
The Rift is coming along nicely with some prototype models going out to developers looking very promising, but in my opinion, you still need other accessories to complete the package……(cue dramatic music) bring in Omni!
The Omni is one of the first virtual reality interfaces for moving within the virtual space. It allows you to freely walk, run, crouch and jump within the game so that it feels like you are really there. Of course the Omni will require that your purchase a virtual reality headset for the best experience, but it still comes in cheaper than a running machine and is double the amount of fun.
The Omni is compatible with the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra and is ready to play out of the box. It can be partially disassembled to store away and comes with support belt, tracking hardware and software.
Imagine the possibilities for something like this to help you lead a healthier lifestyle or even rehabilitating injured people. Now, the stigma of just sitting down when gaming getting no physical exercise can be a thing of the past as you burn away calories running away from in-coming bullets and grenades. You can even see this being used in training the military or keeping people mobile letting them view parts of the world they never thought they would see without actually ever being there.
TheTechSpy is very excited by this as now the picture is being completed in the virtual reality field at a reasonable take home price. The Kickstarter project has already been immensely successful, nearly raising $500k with still 47 days left, but if you want to bag yourself a complete setup you will have to pledge around $479 now with stonky international shipping rates.
Here is the Kickstarter Video