Virtuix raised $1.1m during their Kickstarter campaign last year. Now they have $3m seed investment to be added to that pot, to make a sizeable amount of funds with which to further the virtual reality field.
One of the investors, Tekton Ventures, said regarding Virtuix: “We believe Virtuix’s virtual reality technology will not only disrupt the immersive gaming landscape but will enable even more useful, personal and entertaining experiences in areas beyond gaming.”
The Omni VR treadmill, designed by Virtuix, is aiming to simulate the actual 360 degree movements of walking within a gaming environment. The Virtuix’s Omni VR Treadmill will be released this coming September at a price of $499.
The VR treadmill is designed to be used in conjunction with a virtual reality headset, such as the Oculus Rift, for instance. The effects can be amaing. When a VR headset and the treadmill are combined, the virtual reality world truly comes to life with the equipment enabling the user to move, run and even jump in a 3D environmental setting.
Social network king, Facebook, recently purchased the company behind the Oculus Rift headset, Oculus VR, for a massive £1.2bn. This purchasing move could see Facebook well on their way to virtual reality gaming. Almost all people in the industry are thinking that Virtual Reality will become mainstream in the near future. It’s not only gaming that will people interested, but other aspects of our digital lives too, such as social networking. Maybe Facebook was jumping on board nice and early into the VR realm.
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