Will this be the home exercise machine of the future?

We all know that one person who swears by a treadmill desk. Now, here comes the treadmill video game running … thing.

The Omni treadmill is a four-foot tall, 110-pound, 360-degree treadmill that translates users’ walking, running, jumping and crouching into in-game motion, purportedly “in any game or app that uses keyboard input.” Its creators, Virtuix, raised $1.1 million for the Omni on Kickstarter in a campaign that wrapped last month, and now it’s available for pre-orders online.

The Omni is designed to be paired with the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality gaming headset that is currently only available as a $300 prototype “dev kit”, intended for game developers. The combination of the Rift (sold separately), the Omni treadmill, harness, tracking hardware and software and special running shoes is said to let gamers run around in 3-D game worlds by actually running, rather than using a boring old controller or keyboard.

Technological monstrosity, or a taste of the future? If you’re more inclined toward the latter way of thinking, one Omni with everything except the Oculus Rift will set you back $500, while a “Dual Pack,” including two of the treadmills plus accessories and an extra pair of shoes, currently costs $1,019. Shipping is extra for a yet-to-be-determined price, with both pre-order packages estimated for March 2014 delivery. Via Virtuix Omni Treadmill Lets Gamers Run in Place, Now Taking Pre-Orders

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