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Omni One in-home VR treadmill teased ahead of official release

The Omni One. (Source: Virtuix)
The Omni One. (Source: Virtuix)
Virtual reality (VR) is touted to take a player to new dimensions of gaming - right up until it does it literally and increases the risk of crashing back into real reality, or its very real walls, obstacles and personal possessions, that is. Virtuix claims to be able to solve these problems with a version of its Omni "VR treadmill" for the home, creating a space in which a user can move freely and safely with less danger to or from the non-gaming world.

VR is still backed to bring more immersion, conviction and general enjoyment to gaming - as well as the potential to match it with the physical activities in the process. Unfortunately, with those potential advantages come the almost inevitable downsides of losing track of the real-world surroundings that may not always be able to accommodate such virtual athleticism.

Virtuix is a start-up that claims its products can protect gamers (and their stuff) from the VR equivalent of lossing a Wii controller. They consist of "omnidirectional" treadmills with in-built harnesses that are, paradoxically, rated to create an unfettered 'VR space' by allowing the player to execute more movements in-game without fear of crashing into anything (or anyone).

Accordingly, a player may be able to run in any direction, crouch or even jump (to a certain degree) while using an Omni-series treadmill. The products have mainly been seen in commercial VR environments - however, the latest iteration is meant for the home.

Designed to take up minimal floor space with a diameter of about 4 feet, the Omni One also has its own headset (although the treadmill may be usable without it), and is currently slated to support ~30 "top games" at launch. It apparently exists as investor-only beta units to date, yet is slated to go to pre-order soon. With the potential of VR in other areas such as fitness, it may indeed have a place in the home of the future.

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The Omni One. (Source: Virtuix)
The Omni One. (Source: Virtuix)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-05-16 (Update: 2023-05-16)