There is just over a month left for the big worldwide presentation of Virtuix Omni, which will take place on January 6 at CES in Las Vegas, and the company founded by Jan Goetgeluk continues to show us small details of the final appearance of the device. Today he has shown us the harness that will hold us by the waist, the fully finished base and OmniRack, a practical tray to place our HMD, controller or whatever we feel like.
First of all we have the fastening harness, which reminds us a lot of Virtualizer, which we had the opportunity to test during Gamescom last August. It does not give the feeling that it is a device that can be removed and put on quickly, and Virtuix has had to adapt it to give us the possibility of sitting down, something that was not planned in principle.
This is the base, which contains capacitive sensors similar to those on the screen of a smartphone, but on a large scale. The latest information we have speaks of a diameter of 115 cm and a total weight that will be around 35 Kg, much lower figures than those that were handled during the Kickstarter campaign (122 cm and 50 Kg) but still very considerable in order to introduce it into a small apartment.
Finally we present the OmniRack, a practical tray in which we can place devices such as our gamepad, Sixense STEM or whatever we can think of. Very useful to have at hand what we may need.
Mass manufacturing will progressively accelerate at the beginning of the year and it is expected that shipments will begin soon. But what we really hope that we have concrete data on operation, SDK, compatibility and behavior. Let’s remember that, thanks to its Bluetooth connection, we will be able to use Omni with smartphones and devices such as Gear VR and the like, with which we will be able to enjoy a totally wireless experience from the first moment.