I'm making shoes that you wear while playing VR games. They negate your motion via motors or a rigid support rig to keep you in the same spot. The video above shows my passive VR shoes, which do not use motors. You push against the support rig to bring your feet back. The VR shoes have stoppers on the front and back that get pushed into the ground when you lift your heel or toes.
I've also made motorized VR shoes, shown in the below video.
Questions and Answers
How do the motorized VR shoes work?
You can read all about the motorized version here.
How do the passive VR shoes work?
Do you have foot tracking?
The motorized version did. I don't yet have foot tracking for the passive version but plan on adding it. With the passive version, for now I'm just pushing on the joystick on the controller. I've been gaming my whole life so pushing on the joystick doesn't require much conscious effort so I've been completely happy using the joystick.
These Look Dangerous
I'm wearing a safety harness. The shoes are also low enough to the ground where I'm confident they will not tip ('ve tried to get them to tip, they're stable).
How Can I Build These and How Much Do They Cost?
I'm currently working on putting together a completely build guide, including costs, for my passive VR shoes and support rig setup. Once the guide is ready I will come back and update this.
Are You Looking for Business Partners?
Not at this time and I don’t know if I will in the future.
Are you going to start a business? Sell these? Start a Kickstarter? Get a patent?
No I do not plan on doing any of these things at this time.
This project is an escape for me where I can create something without the constraints that a business would have. I am free to work on this project whenever I want, free to not work on it, free to take as much time as I want, free to pursue any idea I feel like. I do not have to worry about making money from it. Business constraints like having to make money to feed myself, constantly being under a time crunch, and many other business concerns (like I describe below) , will kill my passion for this project. Ever heard the saying that the fastest way to kill an enjoyable hobby is to try to make money from it? I just like to create things in my spare time, on my own time, answering to nobody, and sharing what I learn.
Running A Startup
I like my life the way it is. I like my job. I like having time every night to spend with my wife, friends, pets, relax, and work on my project. I'm pretty happy and very grateful for the life I have. I'm not interested in running a startup as I would need to dramatically change my life to do so. After researching it, I have a much more realistic view of entrepreneurship than I believe a lot of people have and it's not for me at this time.
Running a startup is hard. I'd need to pore enormous amounts of time into it for it to have a chance to succeed. 60, 80, 100 hour work weeks. I'd spend most of my time running the business instead of actual product development. I'd spend my time managing employees/other members, working on finances, legal, logistics, applying for grants, reaching out to investors, meeting with people. I've asked a few business owners who had an engineering background if they spend much time doing engineering. They all said no, they wish they could do more, but most of their time is spent on business owner stuff. Engineering sounds fun. Running a business does not.
People commonly say they want to start a business so they don't have a boss. Business owners do have bosses, which are their customers, clients, investors, and partners. Yes, business owners have more control. They can drop bad clients or customers. But they still have people they must answer to.
A huge percentage of businesses fail. Even if I'd do everything right, the chances of failure are still very high. Making VR...Read more »