The KAT WALK is KAT VR’s flagship product and the final result of several years of careful research and design. Simply put, it is a VR Omni-directional Treadmill (ODT) that offers a definitive and elegant solution to the challenge of achieving infinite motion on a virtual space without any of the disadvantages found in traditional controller-based locomotion systems. Thanks to its ergonomic design and its highly intuitive mode of interaction, the KAT WALK solves three fundamental problems that have been an obstacle for VR content: motion sickness, space limitations and safety concerns. The KAT WALK offers an innovative answer to these issues and opens unlimited possibilities for the development of new and exciting VR experiences. The KAT WALK is a device that has the potential to change how we interact with the virtual world.
An ODT (Omni-directional Treadmill) is a device that allows the user to perform locomotive motion in any direction, allowing for 360 degrees of movement. When applied to VR games and other interactive digital content, these devices allow for the creation of a limitless space in which the user can move safely and freely. An ODT isn’t actually a treadmill with a conveyor belt like those you can find in gyms and their mechanics are a little bit complex, but they are easy to use and represent a very clever solution to the space limitations of VR.
The KAT WALK’s unique design, optimized for freedom of movement, is what makes it stand out among other similar products on the market. First of all KAT VR has developed a state of the art motion tracking algorithm for its sensor system that allows for almost zero delay and therefore lets the user enjoy a very precise motion tracking effect that translates into smooth, reliable movement into the virtual world. Similar devices also have serious design limitations such as rings or other rigid barriers around the waist of the user that can limit the range of movement and also pose serious safety hazards. Other ODTs also suffer from an over-reliance on straps, harnesses and other modes of restraint for the extremities and the torso, while the the KAT WALK only requires a single harness for the waist and lets the arms and legs of the user completely free. The KAT WALK also avoids the problem of cable entanglement through the careful integration of the headset connections into the body of the device. With the KAT WALK you are absolutely free to move in the virtual world while being completely safe.
It is recommended that that pregnant women, the elderly, those with visual disorder or a record of mental illness or those once affected by other serious health conditions such as heart diseases refrain from using the device.
Since different people have different constitutions, we advise not to use the product for a long time in case of experiencing any discomfort, such as giddiness, dizziness, headache, etc. If you have any discomfort, please stop using it immediately and stop any high attention demanding activities (such as driving) until the symptoms completely disappear. If the symptoms persist, please do not continue to use it without consulting with your doctor.
If the user has a medical history of epilepsy or photosensitive epilepsy, then it is necessary to consult with a doctor before using VR games or experiences that contain flashing lights or fast-moving image sequences.
For more details on health restrictions, please consult the Health Warnings on the KAT WALK User’s Manual.
Since the visual system of children under 13 years old has not completely matured, it is recommended that children under this age refrain from using the device. Those who weigh over 100kg are not advised to use the device due to the limited load bearing of the base plate and shoes: both for the safety of the user and to avoid for the equipment to be damaged, it is recommended not to exceed these weight limits. The ideal height range for the device is between 150cm (4’11’’) and 180cm (5’11’’), and the maximum allowed height is 190cm (6’3’’)
Both the KAT WALK and the KAT WALK Premium are very sturdy devices and have been certified to meet international standards of quality and durability. The service life of the devices depends mainly on the frequency and type of use. Although the KAT WALK has a strong steel structure and it is designed for its use in arcades and other settings where it might receive intense and continued use, it still requires to be used in accordance with our safety and maintenance recommendations and treating it roughly is strictly forbidden.
Standard KAT Walk mini: KAT Walk mini/1 set, KAT software platform/1 set, KAT shoes/1 pair.
In order to satisfy the different customer demands we offer the following selection of accessories.
VR Headset: HTC VIVE、HTC VIVE Pro、PSVR package (includes dedicated converters.)、Oculus、Pimax ;
Bracket: Line bracket, Base station bracket;
Control Center: Basic control center, Standard control center, Premium control center ;
You can also contact our customer service to get more information on the different packages available.
The current weight of the KAT Walk mini is 85kg. We are still improving it. The final weight might be slightly changed .
Installation size (Length×Width×Height) is approximately 1.50m×1.50m×1.58m. Maximum height is about 2 meters during usage.
In terms of weight/height/age, KAT Walk mini fits users who are 1.4metres to 1.95metres in height , not exceeding 130kgs in weight , 15-60 years old. Users who exceed this range are not recommended to use the KAT Walk mini because the experience might not be as enjoyable and they may also be prone to safety risks or cause damage to the rig.
KAT shoes are designed with sizes (European standard) of 32/33, 34/35, 36/37, 38/39, 40;41;42;43;44/45,46/47,48/49.
For More information you can consult our customer service staff.
The general procedure is as follows.
Turn on the device power and start software.Wear special shoes, grasp the safety handrail, buckle the waist ring, remove the safety lock and then wear the headset, start the game to play.KAT Walk mini can be used by yourself, In terms of wear and game operation, we are much simpler than the old version of the Walk.
Within the height range of the product, people of different heights will squat in the same range, and the squat amount is about 20cm.The product can provide a slight jump of about 2cm,The mechanical structure is still under optimization and these numbers may change.
As seen in the video, the sitting function is still in development and has not been implemented on the current units yet. However, the sitting function is safe and will support the same maximum weight as the product itself, which is 130Kg
KAT Walk mini has a wire fixing device, which helps reduce the entanglement problem.However, for eliminating the entanglement problem, the wireless headset is suggested to be used.
KAT Walk mini is fully compatible with all free locomotion games, such as Fallout 4 VR, TESV: Skyrim, Resident Evil 7, DOOM VFR, PAYDAY2 and so on. Battlefield, COD are non-VR games and thus are not supported.
If you have trouble setting up your game to function on the KAT Walk mini, please contact us at email@example.com
KAT Walk mini is a VR product. XBOX does not have a VR mode and therefore cannot support XBOX; however, it can support PlayStation’s VR devices.
Yes, we offer a complete SDK to all developers, our SDK fully supports Unity3D and Unreal Engine 4. Technical support is also available to all developers who are integrating their games or other industrial application. Any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to entertainment and video games, the KAT Walk mini can be used as a hardware platform for training simulations such as; VR safety drills, Firefighting, Tourism, education, medical training, sports etc.. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com
The overall experience is currently being evaluated to be optimized. The functionality will not change, however dimensions will change slightly in terms of size, we try our best to make a more compact design and reduce the floor space, which is expected to be reduced to about 1.5m in diameter. As the product continues to improve, we will keep you updated about further improvements.
Shipments come from China and we will arrange delivery areas according to optimal routes.We will have a team that is dedicated for overseas sales that will check and confirm the optimal shipping method and routes with you.Once you confirm that information, PayPal and direct bank wire are possible. If any questions,please cotnact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, additional costs and taxes may apply, based on your local regulations. We only provide an estimation of shipping costs to different countries, importing taxes, costumes and VAT are not included in the estimation.
At present, our equipment is still a prototype. However once development is complete, we intend to invite a few You-tubers over to try it out, and give you the review you need. If you are interested, you can contact our staff by email and we will decide if a meet-up is necessary and possible.