Get ready for the future guys – it’s on its way.
Virtual Reality or ‘the promised land’ is nearly here. Soon you will be able to become whoever you want, exist in whichever world you choose, thanks to the progress that has been made by Oculus VR and Virtuix.
The advancement of technology is finally making it possible. To get the most out of the experience, you will want to purchase Virtuix’s Omni (omni-directional passive treadmill) when it’s released, so that you can physically explore digital worlds.
While this device comes with a waist-high support ring, many of us who want that extra level of freedom will wish to use a suspended harness instead.
These will no doubt become available in due course, but for now I’ve decided to have a go myself, and will be sharing my progress with you. If the end result is any good then I hope it will carry on as a useful model for people who want to save a little money by making their own.
WARNING: No minor should attempt to make a suspended harness by themselves, if at all. They should always seek help from a parent or guardian in the making and testing of one. There is a little danger involved, even though your weight is not being suspended off the floor – it’s really only there to brace you in the event that you fall. Basically it’s a safety tether. Still, you need to be careful.
Progress so far. I’ve taken a simple sports-training harness and laid it over a spare leather-jacket whose sleeves I’ve removed. The straps are very light and you don’t notice them. The attachment point is at the back, which is good for VR, and the buckle at the front is large and sturdy. I will try to attach the harness to the jacket so I don’t have to put them on separately. I think epaulettes are the way to go, if I make sure they have enough slack so they don’t get ripped off.