Time was at Road to VR that every other week we’d have a story on the Virtuix Omni, the omnidirectional treadmill that promises to capture your physical actions and use them to control VR applications and games. But the company has had its metaphorical head down as it finalises designs and prepares itself both for shipping units to Kickstarter backers but also release the product commercially.
You could argue that the Virtuix team at one point were near Omnipresent (sorry!) at trade shows and VR meetups after their hugely successful Kickstarter campaign netted over $1.1M back in February 2013. In the time since the Kickstarter closed, the company has been at the forefront of the media as one of the earliest examples that the VR revolution was inbound. Virtuix Founder and CEO Jan Goetgeluk even appeared on national US TV when he pitched the Omni on the reality show Shark Tank.
Now, the company has announced that it has secured $2.7M of funding to help push the Virtuix Omni forward into the commercial realm. “Virtuix’s mission is to take virtual reality beyond the chair,” said Virtuix CEO Jan Goetgeluk. “The Omni transforms VR into an active experience. These funds ensure that we can accelerate development of that mission beyond our upcoming commercial launch.” The company has already received $3M of seed investment, which it secured
To date, the Omni has sold 3,500 units and expects to reveal the finalised product ahead of their Q1 2015 retail push at CES in January. Road to VR will be on the ground at CES next year to see it for ourselves.