January 9, 2020 – Cybershoes GmbH has this week returned to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, to showcase its finished Cybershoes product – an innovative VR accessory that is worn on the feet and allows users to literally walk and run in virtual reality.
Following its recent CES Innovation Award recognition, the company has been exhibiting its finished Cybershoes product at its CES booth, and has showcased a new feature that enables users to track their physical activity and determine the distance of their virtual travels.
“Physical activity tracking is one of the new Cybershoes features we are excited to bring to the show’s tech-savvy audience. We will provide CES visitors to our booth with specific information on the distance they’ve run, and also we’ll be calculating the total distance traveled at CES by all Cybershoes’ participants,” said Michael Bieglmayer, inventor and CEO of Cybershoes GmbH. “We are also happy to find out that Cybershoes drastically reduces motion sickness. Out of the 1000 units that we’ve sent out, just a small number had issues. However, the vast majority of our users talk about four-hour long play sessions without experiencing any sickness at all.”
The Cybershoes are strapped directly onto a user’s feet, and require the wearer to be seated in a swivel bar stool. The company states that Cybershoes can be used with any VR game, and are compatible with SteamVR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest via Oculus Link, Virtual Desktop and Oculus store games, Windows Mixed Reality, and Pimax. With Cybershoes, all of the wearer’s moments are controlled by a physical movement.
Other benefits and features of the Cybershoes include:
- Activity Tracking – Users can now track their physical activity while using the Cybershoes and determine the distance of their virtual journeys;
- Advanced Immersion through natural movement – The Cybershoes help to more deeply immerse players in experiences by allowing them to control their in-game movement by actually walking in place;
- Accurate Directional Tracking – A player’s vision is independent of the walking direction of the Cybershoes, meaning users can fully observe their virtual surroundings whilst walking, ducking or bending to pick up objects, thanks to accurate motion trackers.
Cybershoes offers a range of different options on its website for purchase, with the basic Cybeshoes and ‘Cybercarpet’ costing USD $299. Other options include a swivel chair, and metal base for placement underneath the carpet, and range up to USD $1,069. The company also offers global delivery from its website.
Image credit: Cybershoes
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