Omni Arena is a collaboration between UNIS and Virtuix
Universal Space (UNIS) recently announced a partnership between its new VR-focused division, Fun VR Tech, and Virtuix, the developer of the popular Omni motion platform.
The partnership signals an expansion of Virtuix’s already successful collaboration with UNIS in China, where the two companies have installed dozens of Omni Arena VR gaming attractions.
According to the two company heads, this new partnership will help the companies provide VR attractions globally.
“Our partnership with UNIS in China has exceeded our expectations,” Jan Goetgeluk, founder and CEO of Virtuix, said.
“UNIS has longstanding expertise in the commercial entertainment market and has installed the Omni as part of its amusement packages in VR arcades, family entertainment centres and shopping malls.
“While we are still fulfilling the remainder of our US Kickstarter and pre-order packages, Fun VR Tech represents an opportunity for us to expand our successful UNIS partnership and make the Omni available to the digital out-of-home entertainment market globally.”
In 2013, Virtuix enjoyed a wildly successful and viral Kickstarter campaign that netted them over $1 million in donations.
Backers hoped to get a chance to use Virtuix’s Omni-directional treadmills, which allow a player to walk infinitely in any direction virtually while staying in place in real life.
Omni Arena packages come for either two or five players, and Fun VR plans on selling single player setups as well.
“Fun VR Tech hopes to make active VR of this kind widely available, allowing professionals and commercial entertainment businesses to take full advantage of this technological marvel,” Steven Tan, general manager of UNIS, said.
Fun VR Tech has started selling its Omni Arena attraction in the Americas with plans to expand to additional global markets in the future.