/VR Metaverse comes closer to reality as Meta previews haptic gloves

VR Metaverse comes closer to reality as Meta previews haptic gloves

Summary: Meta says the VR gloves rely on haptic rendering to send “precise instructions to the actuators on the hand” and outlined a vision where people’s sensations match what they are doing in the metaverse.

Original author and publication date: Brian Quarmby – November 18, 2021

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: If virtual reality becomes the real reality, perhaps what we used to call “real” was always virtual.

From the article:

Meta — the company formerly known as Facebook — is diving straight into virtual reality with a preview of its latest research and development on haptic gloves, which give sensory feedback while in digital realms.

Facebook rebranded to Meta in late October to shift its focus from social media to metaverse and VR tech development.

In a Tuesday blog post, Meta shared the latest breakthroughs in haptic glove research from its VR tech firm, Reality Labs, noting that the product has been seven years in the making.

The firm shared a video that shows two people testing the haptic gloves in a demo metaverse, as they clench their fists, pick up blocks, throw objects, shake hands, knock over dominoes, and play Jenga together.

Meta said the gloves rely on haptic rendering to send “precise instructions to the actuators on the hand” that correspond with tracking technology that pinpoints the hand’s location and the properties of virtual objects in the metaverse.

In their current state of development, the palms appear to be lined with small soft robotic motors that move in unison to deliver a corresponding sensation to the user’s hand movements in the metaverse. Meta noted, however, that haptic gloves won’t be hitting the market anytime soon.

“The reality of these being an affordable, accessible tool for regular consumers is still some time off. I mean, look at the mess of the cables connecting these prototypes,” the blog post read.

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