WalkMouse offers motorized omnidirectional treadmill for enterprises

Road to VR just had a nice review of the WalkMouse omni directional treadmill from Norway that works a bit like the Virtuix Omni or the Cyberinth Virtualizer except that it has no guardrails — and the device is motorized.

(Image courtesy WalkMouse.)

(Image courtesy WalkMouse.)

With the Virtuix and the Cyberinth the user walks along the inside of a slippery plastic plate. Both are due on the market at the end of this year, with the Virtuix Omni already available for pre-order for $500.

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(Image courtesy WalkMouse.)

The WalkMouse takes up more than twice as much area as the Virtuix Omni — it’s about six feet across, compared to Omni’s 3 feet 9 inches.  It’s also flat, where the Omni and the Cyberinth are curved. And where your feet slide on the Omni and Cyberinth, the WalkMouse has little motorized spirals embedded in the plate that automatically adjust their speed.

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(Image courtesy WalkMouse.)

According to Road to VR, the company is currently selling these for military and police training applications, and it will eventually cost between $1,000 and $2,000. It might be an interesting alternatives for virtual reality arcades.

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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.