Last month we reported on the beginning of the newest Kickstarter from Cybershoes. They were looking for $30,000 to create a new Quest-compatible version of their device. After only 12 hours the Kickstarter had reached its goal.
Now, they have exceeded that goal in fact, they more than doubled it. They reached $30,000 in 12 hours of the campaign going live now, with only two weeks until the end of their campaign they have reached around $76,000.
Cybershoes simulate locomotion for VR users, unlike the more widespread and unwieldy VR treadmills, they use a special pair of low-friction shoes to allow users to feel like they are running or walking. This is not a standing experience; you must be seated on a chair that can swivel a full 360 degrees. The shoes contain wheels and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) to track the movements of the user’s feet. This is not a standing experience; you must be seated on a chair that can swivel a full 360 degrees. The shoes contain wheels and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) to track the movements of the user’s feet.
The new Quest specific version of Cybershoes requires an extra piece of hardware. There is an extra module containing another IMU that will have to be mounted to the headset itself. Using the IMU on the headset and those in the shoes, they can accurately track movement on both the X and Y axis. This will definitely have an effect on your battery life, the headset module is powered via USB-C from the Quest headset.
If you already own a pair of Cybershoes for PCVR, you can purchase the extra IMU unit separately for a reduced price, the early bird price is $50 but the full price is $79 when they release to the public. The early bird price for the Cybershoes is $280 and according to their Kickstarter page, the product will retail at the full price of $399.