Uirky gadgets for a tech- filled future
TECHNOLOGY is constantly evolving to make our lives better and easier and waves of new useful gadgets are steadily flooding the market. Some of these gadgets are complex while
Virtuix Omni is a multidirectional treadmill that lets gamers control movements of their in- game characters by actually walking or running on it.
The machine is specially designed to be paired with virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift.
The headsets simulate vision and the Virtuix Omni simulates movement.
The base of the machine that players run on is bowlshaped. Attached to the base are a support ring and a harness to keep you in place when you run or walk. The height of the support ring can be adjusted to suit the player.
The machine requires others are simple.
There are some, however, that are just plain weird. Although unconventional, these gadgets are still innovative and useful. Here are some of these gadgets: players to wear specially designed Virtuix Omni shoes that reduce friction, allowing for smoother and unrestricted walking or running motions.
As with most virtual reality gaming gadgets, the Virtuix Omni is designed for games that are made to be played in a first- person point of view.
However, some games that allow players to switch from a first- person perspective to a thirdperson perspective also work on the Virtuix Omni.
These games include The Elder Scrolls, Grand Theft Auto and ARMA. At the moment, the Virtuix Omni is only compatible with PC games.
“Mother” is a monitoring device that lets you track almost anything, such as the distance you have jogged or if grandma has taken her pills.
Created by Sen. se, a French company, Mother is a Russian doll- like device that you hardwire into your router at home.
The device acts as a hub for the sensors that come with Mother, which Sen. se calls Motion Cookies. These sensors can be placed on any household item.
The Motion Cookie detects movements, temperature and weight and sends data to Mother, which then relays information to an accompanying app called Pocket Mother, which you can download on Google Play or the iTunes Store.
Just like a good caregiver, Mother keeps track of all that goes on in the house. If you would like to keep track of how much water your child is drinking, just slap a Motion Cookie on your child’s water bottle and the motion detectors can tell you how often your child picks up his bottle and drinks the water.