Virtual Haptic Feedback

Virtual Haptic Feedback

 Image source: kickstarter

Image source: kickstarter

Just recently oculus revealed Touch to the world. This is a futuristic looking controller that offers classic buttons, triggers and joysticks as well as motion sensors and it looks amazing. But the one problem with VR is you can see and hear things but there is no way to feel them, what if you could feel the impact of the shovel on that zombies head or the vibrations of the road through a racing car steering wheel? Well that is the idea behind the Gloveone.

The Gloveone is essentially a haptic feedback glove that is to work with a large range of VR headsets. The company says that its product will replicate the experience of actual touch meaning you can experience; shapes, weight, temperature and force. Smack your thumb with a virtual hammer you will feel it, pat a virtual dog and you will feel that as well, in fact this sounds amazing but how does it do this?

The glove achieves all these different feelings by incorporating 10 actuator motors in the palm and finger sections of the glove, each vibrate at set strengths to create the sensation of touch. But when it comes to the motion part of the glove it will rely on third parties to cover that. Whether it be Intel real sense cameras, Microsoft Kinect or the leap motion, it will be down to the user to decide what is best for them. But on the up side the company is said to be working on its own tracker so hopefully when launched we will not be having to get a bunch of other things to make it work.   

So Gloveone sounds like a pretty cool device allowing the user to experience all the feelings of the game in real life something I bet just about everyone has wanted for a long time but at the moment it does not come easy, for now it is limited to windows though there are APIs and SDKs available to developers, though it is such a small market that it most likely will get overlooked for a while. And not to mention the price tag, at the moment you can pre order one for $199 plus shipping but it won’t ship until February 2016, but they do have bundles that include a leap motion for just $240 or a set of two for dual handed emersion for only $395. Though keep in mind this is just the early bird specials and we will have to wait and see what they have to offer in the full price packages.

In all this does look and sound like a really cool idea with one major fatal floor, due to its complexity unlike a new mouse or keyboard it needs special software and games that support the controller and it will be a long time before a device like this is just plug and play. On the surface it looks amazing but this is still a first gen product and appears to be more of a developer type device rather than a consumer product. But either way it is good that a company has made a start in this type of virtual space

 

 

The Gloveone can be found here: kickstarter.com/projects/gloveone/gloveone-feel-virtual-reality?ref=category

All source infomation from the offical kickstarter pager found here: kickstarter.com/projects/gloveone/gloveone-feel-virtual-reality?ref=category