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Meta showed a prototype of VR-gloves - they will allow you to feel objects in virtual reality

Updated: Nov 26, 2021



For example, to feel the touch of a surface.

The company first showed a prototype of the device, which was developed by the Reality Labs division, writes Joseph Marc Blumenthal . Gloves are equipped with drives in the palm and fingers area.

The glove is capable of transmitting the effect of interacting with objects - for example, grabbing an object or touching a surface. In addition, it can be used as a VR controller thanks to markers that allow you to track your finger movements.

The company has been working on the technology since its acquisition of Oculus in 2014, and made its first prototype, a single-actuator finger, in 2015.

The glove analyzes the environment and changes the pressure in the individual actuators to simulate touch. For example, when touched, you can feel the object pressing into the skin, and if you hold it in your hand, the glove creates a feeling of resistance.

At the same time, there is still a long way to mass production of gloves. The developers want to increase the number of drives while reducing the size of the device itself.

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