Known for kickstarting its original Kat Walk VR treadmill in 2015, Kat VR returned to the crowdfunding platform this weekend to launch the second generation of its ‘Kat Walk C’ VR treadmill, which again promises to appeal to at-home consumers. The company managed to reach its initial funding goal in the first five minutes of launch, and has gone on to triple that over the weekend, coming to just under $1 million.
Update (May 16th, 2022): Kat VR has a reason to celebrate, as the KAT Walk C2 campaign blasted past its $300,000 goal in the first five minutes of going live on Saturday. At the time of this writing, the campaign has currently garnered around $930,000.
This, Kat VR says in an update, has also unlocked the first stretch goal, which includes magnetic cable connections instead of standard plug-in style cables. Stretch goals unlock at $1 million increments, which illustrates just how high the team’s hopes are that the campaign can continue its meteoric momentum.
Currently only the unlimited $998 tier is available, as early bird pricing has been completely snapped up. You can check out the Kat Walk C2 Kickstarter here to follow along.
Original Article (May 11th, 2022): Like the KAT Walk C, which launched on Kickstarter back in 2020, the so-called Kat Walk C2 lets users walk in place via a low-friction parabola and some slippy footwear. The newer model is said to include the ability to let users to run, jump, crouch, tilt from side-to-side, and lean forward; Kat VR also says it’s improved foot tracking in the C2 model, as well as the quality of its shoes.
There’s a number of early bird pricing tiers for project supporters (see below), however an unlimited tier for latecomers is set at $998. While you might think that’s not exactly a consumer price point, larger enterprise models such as the Virtuix Omni One and the original Kat Walk can retail in the multiple thousands of dollars and weigh at least 226 kg (500 lbs). The Kat Walk C2 series is said to weigh around 54 kg (120 lbs).
Like previous models, the company says users will able able to play free locomotion VR games using PC VR and PSVR, and also Quest via Link or Air Link.
Here’s a look at the pricing tiers coming to the Kickstarter on May 14th, all of which will be available in limited quantities:
- C2: Super KATer Extra Early Bird – $698 + Delivery
- C2: Extra Early-Bird – $798 + Delivery
- C2: Early-Bird – $898 + Delivery
- C2: Special Kickstarter Offer – $998 + Delivery
The company is also producing a ‘C2 Plus’ model, which includes haptic feedback integrated into the treadmill’s base and the ability to sit down. That is being sold as an add-on priced at $200 across all tiers above, making the unlimited tier $1,198.
Kat VR says the first units of Kat Walk C 2 are expected to be shipped out as early as in July of 2022.