February 10, 2017
Virtual reality is all about doing the impossible from slaying dragons to flying.
Oculus is also interjecting a little bit of plain old reality into VR with a new prototype pair of gloves that enables users to draw and type on a virtual keyboard. If that is too boring for you, you can always opt to shoot webs like Spider-Man.
That was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s choice when he visited the Redmond, Washington Oculus Research facility this week and tried out the new gloves. As shown in the picture above, Zuckerberg is clearly enjoying his virtual “web shooters.”
The research lab, Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, has some of the best and brightest minds in the science and engineering fields.
“The team is led by Michael Abrash and focuses on things like advanced optics, eye tracking, mixed reality and new ways to map the human body. The goal is to make VR and AR what we all want it to be: glasses small enough to take anywhere, software that lets you experience anything, and technology that lets you interact with the virtual world just like you do with the physical one,” he wrote. “Oculus Rift is already the best VR experience you can buy — and the technology being built in this lab right now makes me want the future to get here a lot sooner.”
The gloves offer a different functionality from the Touch controllers that Oculus, which is owned by Facebook, unveiled in December. Touch gives you the sensation of your virtual hands being your own physical hands. Each controller has a traditional analog thumbstick, two buttons, an analog trigger and an input mechanism called the ‘hand trigger,’ making them ideal for gaming. The gloves, it seems will have a far different function or, at least, will offer options apart from gaming.
It is not know when the gloves will hit the market.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.