Hi. I have been on this forum for a few years, 5K backer, now waiting for 8KX.
I thought this would be a good place to get some feedback…
I’m developing motorised VR shoes, sort of a omni-directional treadmill alternative.
I will be posting more videos as I continue to build upgraded hardware and improve performance with better software & tracking.
(The video seems loud but my DSLRs Mic was maxed out and my video editing skills are none existent. I would say the noise is comparable to a regular Gym Treadmill).
I plan to have a basic website towards the end of the month, mainly describing the development plan and intended specifications.
I will investigate options for a battery pack and a wired power version, where the cable would move and always stay behind the users back; this would be built into a fold away safety barrier.
The current prototype supports a fast walking speed and incorporates it’s own tracking system. This version (in theory) should be able to correct for 2-3 side steps. Each VR shoe can rotate ‘on the spot’ like a tank, so if a user side steps to the edge of the play-area, the users feet would be gradually rotated and speed adjusted so the user is steered back towards the centre of the play area; I’m still working on the algorithms for this (so not yet tested).
I have designed a CAD model for a version that can do full strafing (unlimited side steps), but would be heavier, unfortunately I haven’t had time to build it. Please let me know how important you think it is to have full strafing capability? Do you often side step more than 2 times or ~0.8m?
Stopping and turning direction, or gradually turning direction is not an issue.
There is a lot of work to do and i have a full time job so progress is slow when putting in 1 day a week. I would like to commercialise a product and my main design aim above all else is to keep the cost low, the current BOM cost is $300 for the whole system. I would not want to retail for more than $400; that’s the aim. Would anyone buy this?
I will post another video towards the end of the month and I’m hoping it will show all-round improvement - more responsive, better speed control etc.