Virtual reality gear is goofy. The world was recently reminded of this when Mark Zuckerberg gave a presentation to a room full of visored oxford shirts, but this is something we already know. The proof? When Palmer Luckey, the Oculus Rift founder who has described his tech as โ€œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘€ good shit goเฑฆิ sHit๐Ÿ‘Œ thats โœ” some good๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œshit right๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œth ๐Ÿ‘Œ ere๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ rightโœ”there โœ”โœ”๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘€ good shit goเฑฆิ sHit๐Ÿ‘Œ thats โœ” some good๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œshit right๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œth ๐Ÿ‘Œ ere๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ rightโœ”there โœ”โœ”,โ€ appeared on the cover of Time he looked like a damn doofus. Palmer Luckey isnโ€™t a doofus. Heโ€™s a brilliant young guy. But strap an Oculus rig on anyone short of Prince and they will look dumb.

Letโ€™s call it โ€œPalmer Luckeyโ€™s Lawโ€: The better a virtual reality setup works, the more ridiculous the person using it looks.

Magnify the bulky Tron-reject snowboard goggles to something that allows you to walk in VR, and you end up rigged to a machine that belongs in H.R. Gigerโ€™s rec room. But if you want to hike through unreality, these devices are the nearest-term holodeck solution weโ€™ve got. Here are perhaps the worldโ€™s best virtual reality setups.

They are awesome and boy do the people using them look dumb.

1. The Cyberith Virtualizer

The Virtualizer, like many omni-directional VR treadmills, comes with a torso cinch to keep you from strolling blindly off the edge. No one has ever enjoyed yelling at an onscreen character like this guy playing Skyrim, though he canโ€™t swing his arms below the belt. The Virtualizer had a successful Kickstarter in 2014, but has since run into some production hitches.

2. The Reality Suspender

The prototype Reality Suspender ditches the treadmill for a hanging harness โ€” youโ€™ve got more freedom to move, but to travel long distances youโ€™ll have to run/bunny hop in place.

3. VirZoom

Pitched as exercise plus entertainment, the $400 VirZoom bike lets you straddle a pegasus and pedal your way to untold heights. The demo graphics may be lackluster, and a few users have mentioned the potential for vertigo, but combination of motion sensors and biking results in a surprisingly realistic feeling of gliding on a winged horse.

4. The Virtusphere

The Virtusphere is a giant hamster ball that requires someone else to close you in. Thatโ€™s all you really need to know.

5. The Infinadeck

If you smashed the Reality Suspender harness into the Virtualizer, and then built a device out of the pieces, it might not look like the Infinadeck, but youโ€™d capture the general spirit. At 500 pounds, the Infinadeck is a hefty piece of machinery; early reviews positively point to a fairly natural gait โ€” something other omni-directional treadmills struggle to facilitate โ€” but the current size means a focus on military and industrial markets.

6. The Virtuix Omni

Like the Virtualizer, the Virtuix Omniโ€™s girdle means you have to run arms akimbo like a hunched-over robot. The Omni is one of the closest peripherals to market, with the pre-orders open now for the $699 treadmills. Because it relies on sensors in the pad, like all popular VR treadmills, movement requires footsteps that arenโ€™t quite what evolution intended โ€” the feeling is summed up by one reviewer as moonwalking in bowling shoes.

7. The DIY Treadmill.

Why unload lots of cash on a plastic and fiberglass frame when you can just make your own out of wood, carpet, and bungee cords?

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