A new omnidirectional treadmill has been unveiled this week in the form of the Strider VR, created by German-based company Pathbender. Strider VR uses a unique approach thanks to its included rotatable ball array, which is positioned above a traditional linear treadmill.
The system has been combined with a Microsoft Kinect 2 sensor with detects the body posture of the user. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about this unique omnidirectional treadmill design.
StriderVR is a hardware platform that allows for natural movement in virtual reality environments. The user steps onto a platform, that is able to apply a rotation and a linear displacement to him at the same time. As the user walks on the striderVR platform, it will response with rotation and linear displacement so that the user never leaves the platform and his body orientation is always kept the same. This gives the user a near perfect illusion of walking in a virtual world, while in the physical world he neither leaves the striderVR platform nor turning away his body.
For more information on the Strider VR omnidirectional treadmill design jump over to the developer’s website via the link below. The Strider VR system is currently available as a development kit.