The Virtuix Omni gaming treadmill is finally a finished product

It’s like playing laser tag on ice, wearing bowling shoes. That’s about as close as I can come to describing the Virtuix Omni treadmill, which has been kicking around tradeshows since mid-2013. When we first saw it, the Omni was a slippery wooden prototype that let you move in one direction. Now, it’s a few months away from release, with a final design on display at CES. But it’s still the same basic machine it’s always been: a bizarre niche controller that’s equal parts fascinating and frustrating.

The Omni treadmill, which now has a metal frame, is comprised of three basic parts. First, there are the shoes, a special pair of sneakers with slippery plastic ridges on the bottom and plastic tracking units on top. Once you put them on,…

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