One of the most exciting things about a virtual reality experience is forgetting that its a virtual reality experience. To help with the process, companies that specialize in VR have created and tested a list accessories to help increase the “realness” of the digital worlds. In an effort to expand on this mission, Cybershoes GmbH has introduced a pair of shoe that let users simulate the act of walking in digital worlds.
Cybershoes, which is what the accessory is named, has been described by the company as an affordable accessory that is worn on your feet, and allows user to walk, run or flee through virtual reality. While the device doesn’t let user literally walk, it does a pretty good job at simulating the experience. In order for the shoes to work, the user must sit on a stool and simulate walking by swinging their feet back and forth. The faster the user swings his foot (or slides it back and forth in a swinging manner), the faster their character in the game moves.
“VR is an endless space, but you cannot walk in it,” said Michael Bieglmayer, inventor and CEO of Cybershoes GmbH. “The Cybershoes are the solution to that problem, as they allow you to walk in virtual reality, and enhance your immersive experience by letting players control their gameplay through natural movement, and it can be used by anyone with a VR system and a swivel bar stool.”
The device helps fix the issue of a lack of space that many encounter when using VR. Because the virtual world is often larger than the room it is being played in, users are limited in their movement. To help with this issue, games let users teleport to different areas in the virtual world by using the gaming controller to navigate. But for users who want a more realistic experience (or just want some exercise), accessories like Cybershoes allow that to happen.
Currently the shoes are not available to the public, but Cybershoes GmbH has launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to bring its products to market.