Virtuix Omni VR treadmill available for preorder

The Virtuix Omni, an omni-directional treadmill designed to be used with the Oculus Rift and similar virtual reality systems is now available for preorder at $499, with shipping scheduled for July.

The company raised more than $1.1 million on Kickstarter last year, with more than 2,500 units already sold to those backers, some of whom have already begun receiving their treadmills.

Creator  Jan Goetgeluk demonstrates the treadmill, playing a first-person shooter with an Oculus Rift.

The treadmill allows users to run in any direction while playing an immersive virtual reality game, as well as to duck and jump.

However, it’s not always a smooth experience since today’s virtual reality headsets are typically connected to computers by cables.

Several other companies are also rushing to make virtual reality treadmills, but the Virtuix Omni is currently getting the most traction.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.