It’s just like the Power Glove, however for VR

Nintendo’s Power Glove was, to cite one of many 80s’ most interesting movies, “so bad.” The NES peripheral transfixed a era of kids, solely to later notice that the “bad” on this occasion ought to maybe have been taken a bit extra actually. Nintendo finally offered a million of the issues, however the expertise simply wasn’t there, and the dream controlling gameplay with a robo-glove appeared to have died together with it.

With the newfound (relative) prominence of digital actuality, maybe it’s time give the thought one other go. Certainly interacting on this method make a heck of much more sense in VR than it does an 8-bit facet scroller. This is the promise behind ContactGlove, a brand new product from the Japanese agency, Diver-X, which debuted this week at CES.

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In addition to choosing up an Innovation Award on the present, ContactGlove can also be the topic of an on-going Kickstarter campaign, which has already handed its $200,000 objective, with 16 days left to go. The product combines hand monitoring with haptic suggestions to provide the consumer a extra hands-on strategy to interacting with the digital atmosphere round them.

After calibrating the system, ContactGlove tracks finger actions for extra pure interplay, in addition to button/stick actions made with the hand for a extra conventional gaming expertise. Battery life is round two hours with haptics on and eight hours with it turned off. You may sizzling swap the battery to stick with it and working.

The product claims to be a less expensive/extra accessible strategy to VR gloves than what’s at the moment on the market. Of course, when coping with VR {hardware}, “cheaper” is definitely relative. The agency places the ultimate retail value of the product at slightly below $500 for the pair.

It’s appropriate with HTC Vive headsets, in addition to Steam VR {hardware}. The firm can also be making an SDK out there for Unity and UnrealEngine builders to make higher use of the system. Diver-X expects to begin transport in July, at which level we’ll discover out which type of dangerous ContactGlove really is.

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