As virtual reality becomes more mainstream, we’ll need ways to move around a virtual world without accidentally bumping into our furniture. Kat VR hopes to meet the challenge via the second generation of its Kat Walk C VR treadmill.
Originally reported by Road to VR, the Kat Walk C2 is essentially an omni-directional treadmill that allows the user to move “freely” through a virtual environment as naturally as in real life. This includes walking, jogging, sprinting, dodging, jumping, kneeling, and other actions you can perform in a game.
Kat VR says the C2 has real-time foot tracking using optical sensors with sub-10 millisecond latency.
There is also a C2 Plus model that allows the user to sit down. In the YouTube video, which you can watch below, the company showed someone using the chair to sit in a virtual car. This would greatly improve immersion during driving games.
As for VR headset compatibility, Kat VR says the C2 has universal compatibility with all major headsets and works with all free-to-play locomotive games on all platforms.
Kat VR launched its original Kat Walk VR treadmill on Kickstarter in 2015. It followed that with the Kat Walk C in 2020. It’s going to be crowdfunded again when the C2 launches on May 14. .
There will be different price tiers on Kickstarter:
- Super KATer Extra Early Bird: $698
- Additional advance booking: $798
- Early Bird: $898
- Kickstarter Special: $998
The C2 Plus model, which includes the aforementioned chair and haptics, is sold as an add-on for $200.
Although it is expensive, it is around the same price as the Virtuix Omni was launched at. Additionally, the Kat C2 does not require Microsoft Kinect for spatial awareness. It also seems to track motion much better than the Strider VR treadmill.
That said, The Omni and even the original Kat Walk have found commercial success. Kat VR hopes to position the C2 for mainstream audiences. This would make VR more enjoyable for people who don’t have large spaces dedicated to the movement of VR.
Once the Kickstarter launches for the Kat C2 on May 14, the first units are expected to ship starting in July.