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The next-generation of gaming using a VR treadmill

02 December 2016

VUE VR Treadmill is a new omni-directional treadmill input device that captures real world movement and maps it into virtual reality.

VUE VR Treadmill (Credit: VUE VR/Indiegogo)

The treadmill has been designed to be as unrestrictive as possible, giving the user a 360° of continuous movement within a small space.

It is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and other VR headsets. Its built in sensors allow the user to walk, run, jump, crouch and sit in the virtual world.

The characters in games are controlled with the user’s body, helping to increase presence and decrease simulator sickness. The independent support structure and open construction sets the arms and legs of the user free. It separates the space of body movement with the support structure. 

The harness is adjustable to accommodate different body shapes. Meanwhile it can help users move back to centre to adjust the position offset while walking, which can increase the sense of balance and safety.

To make walking in VR feel more natural, VUE VR Treadmill uses special high-friction material and the constant force of rolling friction by using special shoes to simulate real walking forces and human motion. This makes the user feel like they are are walking on real ground instead of sliding walk. With normal friction, it is easier to keep balance and it will decrease the time it takes anyone to learn to use VUE VR Treadmill.

VUE VR Treadmill uses a cambered base to transfer gravitational potential energy to kinetic energy to achieve the natural feeling of walking.

The software can transfer body motion to a keyboard or gamepad. This means all the games with keyboard or gamepad support will be playable.

This product is currently featured on Indiegogo, for more information click here.

Video courtesy of VUE VR/Indiegogo.


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