Google patentes ‘vr shoes’ for unlimited walking

Nov

18

2018

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Google has been granted a patent on shoes that can make the user feel like they’re walking, while they’re not moving in real life, thanks to a chassis with wheels. This is to give users the feeling that they can walk through a virtual space without hindrance.

The wheels under the shoes should only start turning when the user is close enough to the physical end of the room in which he experiences the VR experience. The turning of the wheels must then move it away from the physical barrier in such a way that it does not feel it. If this happens quickly enough, a user can thus continue to run infinitely within a virtual world without having to use an excessively large physical space. The patent was published on November 15th.

An actual product from Google is not available at the moment, let alone information about a price or a release date. Although such a patent means that a company has put a certain amount of work into a certain concept, it is far from a guarantee of a final product on the market.

Movement is still a big stumbling block for virtual reality. When users have a seated VR experience, but there is movement within the virtual world, there is the risk of motion sickness. This is because the eyes perceive a movement that is not perceived by the organ of equilibrium. A standing and running VR experience does not have this problem, but then one quickly runs into a lack of space.

A VR experience in which a player really traverses a landscape is not really there yet. The American Virtuix has developed a kind of 360-degree treadmill to achieve the same effect, but this equipment costs about 10,000 dollars. Players can turn on the Omni’s treadmill in all directions, take steps on a slippery surface and they are held in place by a harness. A competitor of the Virtuix Omni is the Kat Walk .

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