Remember how Guitar Hero and Rock Band pulled you into the game with their playable instruments? If you thought this was as good as it could get, well we have news for you! The Cyberith Virtualizer, shipping during Fall 2015, is a next-generation virtual reality treadmill that allows you to move, jump and crouch in 360 degrees in your video game – all from the comfort of your home.
The Cyberith Virtualizer is an omnidirectional VR treadmill that was launched as a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, with an initial goal of $250,000. This breakthrough project was such a hit that it successfully raised $361,453 with 577 backers. The money will be used to fund the project, which is expected to ship in August 2015.
Cyberith Virtualizer Design
The Cyberith Virtualizer is like an evolved version of the famous Nintendo PowerPad. As you can see in the photos, it has a strong, metal construction and flat base plate with a low-friction surface that lets you move freely. It comes equipped with a harness that attaches to three pillars with rails. This secure connection allows for all types of movement with enormous stability. You can even run up to 10 mph, which lets you fully immerse yourself in games like Grand Theft Auto or Everquest. And you don’t need special shoes for it as with other omnidirectional treadmills like the Virtuix Omni. You can even use the device in your socks!
The Cyberith Virtualizer supports players of to 265 lbs and it can be adjusted to your height, so that you or any of your friends can use it without problems. When fully assembled, the device is 3.5 feet tall, have a platform measuring 3.2 feet, and a maximum diameter of 5.2 feet. However, the manufacturers makers say the Virtualizer is easy to disassemble and fits perfectly under the bed.
Although at the moment the Cyberith Virtualizer is compatible with PC, its developers say this is just the start, and that they will make it compatible with game consoles and with virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus and even develop other applications such as educational or scientific research.
Cyberith Virtualizer Tracking
The Cyberith Virtualizer comes with an optical recognition system made up of three sets of optical trackers in the device’s pillars, its ring and base plate. These sensors capture the movement of your feet, legs and body while you use the VR treadmill. This allows your real-life movements to move you in the virtual environment, whether you’re in a game or another virtual reality application. The Cyberith Virtualizer also now features integrated Bluetooth support, which makes it compatible with the upcoming wave of VR headsets available for use by consumers like us.
Cyberith Virtualizer Price
If you are interested in getting a Cyberith Virtualizer for yourself, you will be able to get one from $599 for the basic version and up to $1,049 for the full version. The difference in cost lies in the number of sensors with which it comes equipped.
Check out the video of the Cyberith Virtualizer in Action!
In the Vine video below, you can see how Cyberith Virtualizer works in conjunction with a VR headset. The results are pretty impressive and it shows the range of motion that you can have with this future-looking VR treadmill. This video will not only delight anyone into video games, but also anyone interested in other applications for the device such as for exercise, job training or even medical / therapeutic purposes.
So would you spring $599+ for the Cyberith Virtualizer?
We’ve heard from a number of gamers who say they will buy the Cyberith Virtualizer. The number of hours you can spend immersed in your game with it more than worth it. “It transports you somewhere completely far away for much less than the cost of a vacation” says a friend in the gaming world. What do you think – are you interested in buying a Cyberith Virtualizer? Let us know in the comments section below!