Virtuix’s omni-directional input device, the Omni, has been a focal point of the full body virtual reality (VR) experience since it’s debut on Kickstarter back in June 2013. In that time there have been numerous updates to the device, an investment round raising $3m USD, and delays. That latter may now be coming to an end however, as VRFocus has been informed that the Omni will begin shipping to consumers in December.
The Omni is an input device designed to work with a multitude of VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) and has regularly been previewed in operation with the likes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Grand Theft Auto V. The initial shipments of the device were expected to ship to Kickstarter backers in January 2014, according to the campaign page for the Omni, however there have been several delays leading to this eventual launch.
“We start production of the Omni next week and will deliver the first units as soon as next month,” stated Jan Goetgeluk, CEO Virtuix, in direct communication with VRFocus. “Ramping up our production will take time, but we plan to produce the first 20 Omnis in December (starting next week) and another 50 in January. We will ramp up our production and deliveries after that.”
Once pre-orders – both those via the Kickstarter campaign and ordered since via the official Virtuix website – have been fulfilled, the Omni will go on general sale. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on the Omni and other input devices for VR.