Release Date : 2015-01
A Total Design Solution for
the Ultimate VR Gaming Experience
With the Oculus Rift and other PC gaming accessories conquering the market, the hype around Virtual Reality is higher than ever.
However, a common problem related to the use of VR goggles is that users easily lose their balance during the games. Therefore, Houston-based startup company - Virtuix came up with the idea of a closed platform to solve this problem. CRE8 DESIGN was then commissioned by Virtuix to design and engineer for “Omni”, a gaming treadmill targeting serious gamers, who want to immerse themselves in the ultimate Virtual Reality experience.
CRE8 took the challenge and had the industrial design and the mechanical engineering teams work on this project seamlessly. Designing a product within a completely new category required in-depth research and innovative approaches. The teams went through multiple research, brainstorming and ideation phases in which they came up with concepts in different styles but also various solutions for adjustability, to make the VR experience as immersive as possible.
Studying user behavior and testing prototypes are essential to the success of such a complex design project and rely much on cross-team collaboration. Taking ergonomics and a highly adjustable mechanism into consideration, to create this full scale product was a real challenge that demanded attention to every detail.
CRE8’s designers developed their concepts through various phases, but always started with good, old school sketching.
CRE8 DESIGN also designed a rack that can attach to the main unit. Gamers can place multiple devices, guns, and controllers, as well as any belongings, to keep their pockets empty.
CRE8’s designers devised multiple layouts for input devices and cable management.
Following a process of sketch iterations, the designers made foam mock-ups of 1:1 scale to test the usability of the rack when attached to the prototype of the main unit.
After testing and adjustments to improve position and size, the rack was 3D modelled showing every little detail.
Movements of the gamer can be translated accurately with multiple pods attached to the gamer’s body and the shoes. These sensors communicate via Bluetooth with the control board and PC.
The pods are designed in octagon to match Omni’s design language.
The Omni Treadmill required joint forces of CRE8’s teams to focus on the complex tasks.
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