Last month VRFocus reported that KAT VR, the company behind an omnidirectional treadmill system of the same name had not only launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a new product but had also hit its $50,000 USD goal within the first 24 hours. The Kickstarter came to an end this weekend, easily tripling the funding target.
KAT Loco has managed to attract 1379 backers for the project, selling 1636 units for a total of $182,581 USD. It’s a foot-based locomotion system allowing you to freely walk, run, and carry out just any other movement in VR thanks to sensors on your feet and waist.
Thanks to the success of the campaign the dedicated gaming mat stretch goal was unlocked, helping keep players in one spot so they don’t go running off in VR. The system has also been enhanced in that time, adding motion capture functionality as well.
“Based on the suggestions from our supporters, KAT loco has been additionally enhanced to also provide basic mocap function for VR chat,” said KAT VR in a statement. “Besides its original function of locomotion, it is now also capable of recognizing simple lower body posture and actions. The mocap function can be furtherly expanded based on two sets of KAT loco to provide an even more comprehensive motion capture experience.”
“Having wrapped up the campaign after 40 days of a great adventure with our supporters, we are glad to announce that KAT loco has not only been successfully funded but also received VR community interest that greatly outgrew our boldest expectations!” KAT VR adds. “We will continue to polish and perfect the product, and thanks to all the support that we have received from over a hundred countries, KAT loco will soon be ready to officially enter the market.”
The wireless sensors are designed to work with a range of VR headsets including Oculus Rift/Rift S, HTC Vive, Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR (you’ll need an additional adapter “PiSystem” for PlayStation VR.) KAT Loco has been in development since early 2018 and with the Kickstarter now complete, Kat Loco should begin shipping next month to backers. When KAT Loco becomes more widely available, VRFocus will let you know.
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