Meta, formerly Facebook, has showcased a prototype of its haptic gloves which would let people feel and interact with virtual objects in the digital space. The Reality Labs research wing of Meta is working on the haptic gloves as part of the tech giant’s push towards augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)-focussed Metaverse. The gloves are designed and made with the purpose of the user being aware of the sensation of the slightest of touches and pressures applied in the digital world, it truly seems like a big technological step towards the development of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
As seen in the video shared by Meta, the haptic glove produces wearer sensations that mimic the weight and feel of real objects while handling them in virtual space. It is also said to be working on advanced hand-tracking technology to enable the haptic gloves to identify precisely where your hand is in a virtual scene, whether you’re in contact with a virtual object, and how your hand is interacting with the object. Meta is planning to place the haptic gloves along with a VR headset and make them compatible with AR glasses in the future. Meta says its Reality Labs division has been developing the wearable for the past seven years. Meta is still not sure about the actual time needed for the launch of the haptic glove. Building these gloves is a challenge that requires inventing entirely new domains of scientific research, notes the company.
The Gloves can be used for the purpose of online multiplayer gaming and can be paired with Virtual Reality Headsets to deliver an impressive and highly immersive experience to the users. It is also said to be working on advanced hand-tracking technology to enable the haptic gloves to identify precisely where your hand is in a virtual scene, whether you’re in contact with a virtual object, and how your hand is interacting with the object. One can only wonder how unique of an experience it would be to be able to feel the different textures of the guns and the recoil faced when firing bullets.
The pressure felt on the hand would be very similar to the real deal and will maybe give some war veterans severe PTSD. Also, Meta eyes to use it along with AR glasses as well. “While we’re still in the early stages of this research, the goal is to one day pair the gloves with your VR headset for an immersive experience like playing in a concert or poker game in the metaverse, and eventually, they’d work with your AR glasses,” said Meta in the blog post. There are no plans yet for a commercial rollout of the haptic glove.
The company said in the blog post, “While our haptic glove research will remain in the lab, for now, we’re excited about the progress we’ve made and the potential it shows for a virtual world you can touch.”