Stompz - The World of Virtual Reality at Your Feet
Stompz - The World of Virtual Reality at Your Feet
Stompz: The Wireless, Wearable VR Input Controller that makes Gaming More Immersive and Fitness More Fun
Stompz: The Wireless, Wearable VR Input Controller that makes Gaming More Immersive and Fitness More Fun Read more
About this project
Forget the keyboard. Free your hands to use other amazing technology like the Leap Motion controller or the Sixense STEM. Stompz allows hands-free movement to allow you to enjoy VR games as they were intended!
Don't break the immersion. Get lost in the game.
See Stompz in action.
Stompz is an easy-to-use, comfortable input controller for Virtual Reality locomotion.
Enjoy your game and still get a workout
Stompz gives you a low-intensity, high-endurance, calorie burn whether you're seated comfortably in your computer chair, or on your feet in your living room. You can even work up a sweat on your favorite high-intensity, leg-pumping fitness machine. Create your own entertaining variable speed exercise experience that lets you workout how you've always dreamed.
Multiple sets of Stompz can be used in the same room for a local multi-player experience, or connected with other players across the globe.
Race your friends or explore with family... wherever you are.
The Stompz Kit also includes our simple user interface.
Stompz connects as a standard Human Interface Device to work instantly with your favorite platforms.
Stompz works with virtually all HMDs, transforming the way you move in a game.
Hands or feet, shoes or no shoes... the included clips and straps accommodate you with a secure 'one-size-fits-all' way to wear Stompz.
What are you into? Gaming? Fitness? Exploration?
Stompz lets you program the controller any way you want to do anything you want... No experience necessary!
Use our simple User Interface to load the controller with existing gestures and select the matching key, button, or trigger.
We spent a lot of time perfecting the walking gesture/input for Stompz and then we realized the same concept could be applied for many other movements.
Hackable - Why limit yourself? Stompz has extra connections for the DIYers out there. If you know what an I2C connection is and like to get down to protocol, then we've made a cool piece of hardware you'll love to hack!
We use high-end IMU sensors to capture user movements and wirelessly input them into your computer or mobile device.
Stompz will work out-of-the-box with any game that can be played with a keyboard or gamepad.
Our excellent partners at Dragon Innovation have validated our product. With their extensive experience in manufacturing, they went through our design, BoM and production plan to ensure this project is manufacturable and deliverable.
Check out the process we went through to prepare Stompz for quick and successful delivery:
We'd like to thank EVERYONE we have had the pleasure of working with thus far!
Starting with a patent-pending omni-directional treadmill design, Stompz set out on a journey to bring freedom of movement to VR. Stompz was originally the tracking solution for this treadmill. We just removed the furniture to allow a more accessible solution.
Watch us tell our story at SVVR 8.
We've come a long way already. Our goal is to perfect VR locomotion and give people the power to take control of their games in a simple, effective and versatile way. In doing so, we hope to free developers from the need to create separate interfaces (SDKs and APIs) for every controller out there, allowing them to focus on developing the next mind-blowing environment.
That being said....
If successfully funded, Stompz will develop a simple SDK giving programmers access to the raw IMU data they need to create amazing experiences of their own!
Risks and challenges
Our team has already done most of the LEG WORK to ensure Stompz KICKs off to a RUNNING start.
Our amazing partner, Dragon Innovation, have given us the tools to ensure our funding goals are feasible, our hardware is manufacture-able, and our timeline is doable.
VR is a rapidly evolving community. There’s a lot of awesome stuff out there, but the best is yet to come. New platforms, games and technology are being released every day, and our mission is to enhance the movement experience wherever you play. To meet this challenge, we’ve made the hardware customizable to adapt to the game and experience instead of the developers needing to adapt their work to fit the controller.
We provide movement in VR, but we don’t provide the environment. Platform and game developers are the pace setters of VR. We rely on them to create environments where we want to play. Anyone who’s had the unfortunate experience of VR motion sickness can attest to the importance of these dimensions.
As players, collaborators, advocates and creators, we are a key partner in this endeavor. As a key partner in overall VR experience, we will continue to fill a crucial role in breaking through today’s limitations (e.g. motion sickness) and bringing future possibilities to life. Our location (in the SF Bay Area), relationships with pioneering developers and hyperactive involvement in this community have been instrumental in creating Stompz and helping bring VR to reality.
We will be transparent and honest with our progress, and keep all of our wonderful backers updated every STEP of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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