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VRGO Mini - Move around VR worlds like never before

The VRGO Mini is a smart device that helps you roam virtual worlds by simply tilting in the direction you want to travel.

VRGO Mini - Move around VR worlds like never before

The VRGO Mini is a smart device that helps you roam virtual worlds by simply tilting in the direction you want to travel.

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Deeper immersion, powerful haptics, zero sim sickness. Welcome to the VRGO Mini.  

Greater immersion into virtual environments is crucial to the enjoyment of VR. The VRGO Mini will offer the most immersive locomotion system on the market. With reduced Sim Sickness, and haptic feedback, it is the next step in virtual immersion.

It’s a device that sits on top of a chair that allows control of movement through virtual reality. The easy to use 'tilt-to-move'  device allows for smooth locomotion with just the tilt of your body.

Turning, and movement in game is controlled by the Mini, creating an immersive and enjoyable VR experience. Compatible with most VR headsets, and many VR games, the Mini is the most versatile Locomotion device on the market.  

Skyrim VR on the Oculus Rift
Skyrim VR on the Oculus Rift

The VRGO Mini is suited to almost anything you can sit down on. If it has a flat surface, the Mini will work. It also comes with a free felt disk that sits under the device to protect your chair fabric. 

Ideal for seated VR
Ideal for seated VR

It has been designed from the ground up with strength and comfort being key attributes to the overall product. 

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Our first Kickstarter launched in 2015, the VRGO chair. Now, with the experience of this successful launch, we are excited to announce the VRGO Mini!

The VRGO Mini uses the same tilt to move technology as the original VRGO chair. We have managed to fit in all of these new features into a smaller product, with an even smaller price tag! The time has never been better to upgrade your VR immersion.

When we created the Mini, we identified six issues we wanted to address in VR locomotion, to create the most immersive and enjoyable experience possible for our customers.. 

The challenges of VR locomotion
The challenges of VR locomotion

1. Complicated controls - Complex control systems distract users attention from the virtual environment. Tilting is intuitive, for both first time users and experienced gamers.

2. Motion sickness - The Mini uses body motion to move, and thus matches signals being sent to the brain by the eye that movement is occurring. Motion sickness is then reduced, or eliminated entirely.

3. Simulated running - Simulated running is often presented as a solution to VR locomotion. In extended play periods this is impractical, as it will tire users out.

4. Hand controllers - Using the hands to control movement limits the other useful applications of hand movement in VR.

5. Room scale - Room scale is immersive, however it is limited to the size of the room.  As the Mini is placed on a seat, movement will not lead to banging into walls!

6. Teleportation - Unfortunately, teleportation hasn't been invented yet! Teleportation feels unnatural and breaks immersion while inside Virtual Reality.

Below is a comprehensive list of all the features that the Mini delivers.  

The VRGO Mini is simple to set up. Standalone devices are connected directly to the HMD via Bluetooth, whilst PCVR headsets are connected via Steam VR. 

The VRGO Mini serves as the left thumb stick of a gamepad. It measures the tilting of the user and wirelessly sends this data to the VR device. It connects over Bluetooth so has very low latency. 

With a touch of a button the Mini connects to your content as a gamepad controller. There are also keyboard and mouse modes to choose from.  

During the manufacturing process we have selected high grade materials & integrated the electronic components. The VRGO Mini is fitted with a comfortable foam seat covered in a highly durable material with a range of finishes and textures.

The Mini is upholstered either in a high quality scratch resistant PU leather, or a heavy jacquard fabric. 

Jacquard fabric
Jacquard fabric

The VRGO Mini creates the ideal seated position for VR as the rocking ball encourages the user to sit up straight. The VRGO Mini provides a gentle workout of the core muscles. With enough use you might even develop a six pack!

Get a core workout!
Get a core workout!

The VRGO Mini has many potential uses for virtual reality applications.

Motion sickness when moving within VR is one of the biggest hurdles to mass consumer adoption. 

We consistently test users feedback at events we attend, and the feedback for the Mini has been astonishing. Four out of every five people testing the device mentioned that their feelings of nausea in VR were lessened by using our locomotion device.

One of our favourite new features of the Mini is a haptic pack with 2 bone-shaking motors that give you a real kick in the butt. Once activated, it vibrates in response to loud sounds within the game, adding an extra dimension to the immersion. 

Haptic feedback improves the immersion of Virtual reality. The vibrating sensation from being hit, or from firing off a powerful spell, adds a tactile element to using VR. It is the next step in creating fully immersive Virtual worlds.

Don't let us tell you the product's great! Hear it from the people that know.   

Jason Bradbury tried out the VRGO Mini

 Earlier this year we went to GDC to show off the Mini and the feedback was great! 

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We've sold many VRGO chairs to business. We look forward to expanding our enterprise business with the VRGO Mini. Have a listen to what one of our customers had to say about our upcoming release.

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From the Quest, to the Vive, the VRGO Mini is compatible with most VR headsets on the market. 

The Mini is versatile, have a look at us playing Resident Evil on the PSVR. To connect the Mini to the PS4 we suggest you use with the CronusMax or Titan One dongle which are sold separately. 

Resident Evil 7 on PSVR
Resident Evil 7 on PSVR

And Journey of the Gods on the Oculus Quest. The Mini is able to directly connect to the Quest through Bluetooth.

Oculus Quest game footage
Oculus Quest game footage

 The VRGO Mini connects to SteamVR as a native controller that can be adjusted to your game requirements. 

SteamVR input bindings
SteamVR input bindings

For both standalone, and PCVR Headsets, the Mini's compatibility is seamless.  

 We can provide developers plugins for both Unreal and Unity game engines. This provides decoupled head tracking within you VR environment.   

 We have identified over one hundred games that work with the VRGO for locomotion and are busy updating with new titles every day.

Thank you for reading about the Mini - join us in pushing the boundaries of immersion in VR! Email us directly if you have further questions on info@vrgomini.com

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Risks and challenges

With all hardware projects there are risks but after delivering on our last project we have learnt to mitigate these risks.

The VRGO Mini has been developed over two years and is at the final design stage before manufacture. We have created multiple prototypes and are now confident with the design and shape of the product. In order to mitigate risks we’ve been working with a product design company for the final design. The company has lots of experience of bringing products to market.

The PCB is one of the most complicated part of the design. As we have already designed the PCB for the VRGO chair much of the electronic risk has already been mitigated. Tested with hundreds of clients across the world the technology within the VRGO is solid.

Our configuration application has been developed over a number of years and is stable. With new Windows updates there is always a chance this could change, but rest assured we will do everything we can to remedy issues that might arise.


SteamVR is an open platform and the VRGO Mini interfaces as a native controller. We are at the mercy of new updates from Steam but we have started a dialogue with them so they know the problems that all locomotion devices face.

Console compatibility is dependant on a third party dongle. The dongles are well supported however which takes the risk from us.

Safety
The VRGO Mini supports anyone up to 150kg and can withstand high pressure. The type of chair that you use for the Mini is personal preference. We have found that through our testing, stools can offer more freedom of movement but would recommend using a standard office chair while using the VRGO Mini for the most stability.

Taxes
VRGO Ltd is a registered limited company in the UK and is still governed by European laws and tax regulations. For European citizens, there won't be any VAT to pay either and we will pay all UK tax. There are no import taxes/customs for the US, Japan, and many other countries.

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