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Investors throw $3 million at the Virtuix Omni treadmill
Investors throw $3 million at the Virtuix Omni treadmill
April 24, 2014 | By Mike Rose

Newsbrief: The Virtuix Omni treadmill went up for pre-order recently, due for release later this year. Today the company announced that it has received $3 million in a round of investment.

The VR treadmill, which allows you to control first-person games by walking around on the spot, now has around half a dozen investment firms involved.

The company says that this round of investment will allow it to expansion its staff count, and improve the mass production and distribution of the hardware. The treadmill already raised more than $1 million via Kickstarter last year.

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Matt Marshall
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I think my main issue with this tech is the fact you need custom shoes...sharing the experience isn't exactly easy for a big footed monkey like me :) The running doesn't look all that comfortable either, more like an awkward gait...although I guess to conserve space it makes sense.

Still, I'm very interested to see how it goes!

Michael Joseph
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Their breakout title will be called "The Human Hamster Ball"

*Marble madness your way to freedom on a strange alien world where you've been abducted for the purpose of amusing the 2nd daughter of the Prefect of the 5th House of the Pleiades.

*Disclaimer: users may experience extreme vertigo...

adam anthony
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I think this thing was on Shark Tank and I believe the "sharks" on the show said they didnt see it making money. Granted, thats just a silly TV show....

Eric McConnell
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I actually think the "sharks" had a lot of good points. If those 5 weren't wowed and excited by it, I think educated gamers who's wallets are much shallower won't be either.

Tim Kofoed
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On its own, I'd agree, but used with VR HMDs and VR interaction devices, I suspect the Omni wilo decrease VR sickness and increase immersion... but we'll see.

adam anthony
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They certainly did have good points, and I do agree; gamers will not buy into this. I dont think kinect took off for the same reason: After a day of work/school, you just want to chill with a controller and your own imagination.