[ x ] remove ads and scale site to 1080p+
[ x ] remove the ads & get mobile premium
pay whatever you want to upgrade
 
 

Virtuix raises $3M in seed funding for its virtual-reality treadmill Omni

10:30 PM on 04.24.2014  ·  Jordan Devore@DtoidJordan
0

Get this beastly thing in gyms

Omni maker Virtuix has completed a $3 million seed investment round following its $1.1 million Kickstarter campaign last year. You'll probably recognize it, but here's the gist: it's a specialized treadmill that can be used in conjunction with virtual-reality peripherals like the Oculus Rift. Upwards of 3,000 units have been pre-sold to date, which I simultaneously can and can't believe.

The recent investment was made possible by Tekton Ventures, Maveron, Scentan Ventures, Radical Investments, Scout Ventures, StartCaps Ventures, and private investors, according to Virtuix. Facebook's $2 billion Oculus VR buyout surely helped the Omni's pitch.

Tekton founder and managing partner Jai Choi had this to say about the device's potential future applications: "We believe Virtuix's virtual reality technology will not only disrupt the immersive gaming landscape but will enable even more useful, personal and entertaining experiences in areas beyond gaming: training and simulation, fitness, medical, military."

As someone with more than enough gaming peripherals that will never again see the light of day and the buyer's remorse to prove it, I can't fathom paying for this contraption. Even if the gameplay it makes possible is compelling, and the price ($499) is way cheaper than expected.

 
 

Enlighten an uninformed cougar: FacebookTwitterRedditEmail
 

#Hardware #Money #PC #Virtual Reality
 
 
 
[x] advertisement
 
 


Jordan DevoreManaging Editor, Co-EIC // Profile & Disclosures
Fronts10201Posts1Blogs 14Following162Followers283

Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random. Disclosure: I backed Double Fine Adventure and Awesomenauts: Starstorm on Kickst... more
Trending on Destructoid:

 
 


Dtoid is fighting adblockalypse without native ad article bullsh* thanks to Huge Members. Please give them sex or donuts:

WSwan
WSwan


Since 8:29 AM on 12.22.2009

Josh1794
Josh1794


Since 5:44 PM on 09.08.2013

Chad Josey
Chad Josey


Since 6:55 PM on 03.08.2016

wutangclam
wutangclam


Since 3:42 PM on 03.17.2015

 

Please login (or) make a quick account (free)
to view and post comments.





Three day old threads are only visible to verified humans - this helps our small community management team stay on top of spam

Sorry for the extra step!