Virtual reality experiences can be amazing if you do not face any constraints. However, most of the VR experiences do not allow you to move in all directions. But now a new device is being developed which will allow you to feel the virtual world in any way you want. KAT VR brings an omni-directional treadmill called the KAT WALK which will provide no constraints. It might be a treadmill but it has not been built for the purpose of fitness training. The project is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. Want to know more about this device? Let us have a look at this post.
Experiencing Virtual Reality without Constraints
KAT WALK uses real world movement and integrates it into virtual reality. Continuous movement is provided in a virtual world as the device uses real world movement within a small space. The treadmill has wearable as well as in-built sensors which help you to walk or run, crouch, jump and even sit in the virtual world. You can walk or run either in the forward direction or in the backward direction.
For first person shooter games or other applications, where you have to move around, KAT WALK will be extremely useful. You can use your own body to control the character in the game. This will make the game more immersive and at the same time reduce sim sickness.
Features of KAT WALK
Low constraint and natural walking are the two features of KAT WALK.
- Low Constraint
With independent support structure and open construction, your arms and legs are free to move as you like. You will be able to beat, pick, wave, kick, chop, run and carry out other movements without any difficulty. You will be able to swing your arms naturally or rest them by your side. With different games, you can take different actions. You can either sit down to drive or stand up to fight enemies.
- Natural Walking
Special high-friction material is used along with special shoes. The constant force of rolling friction that arises with the shoes simulates human motion and real walking forces. This will give you a sense of real life walking instead of the sliding walk that is generally associated with virtual reality. The normal friction allows you to keep a steady balance and you can learn to use it easily.
Different applications of the KAT WALK include use in virtual museums, browsing for room decorating, browsing through cars, reproducing animation scenes and more.
KAT VR is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for KAT WALK. The total funding goal of the project is $100,000. At the time of writing $41,286 has already been raised with 39 days to go. The project will end on 22nd August, 2015. You can get the early bird offer for KAT WALK at $499 or more which is available for 100 backers. Only 46 are left. There were 10 early bird offers at $399 or more which have already been booked. So, if you want to get this virtual reality omni-directional treadmill for your home, you need to hurry and back the project now.
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