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These force-feedback gloves are just what virtual and augmented reality needs

Can’t wait to get my Johnny Mnemonic on.

Dexta robotics gloves in action
Image: Dexta Robotics

It’s been five years since Dexta Robotics first showed off its force-feedback gloves and now you can finally get your hands on them.

The Dexmo Enterprise Edition is the first wireless force-feedback glove set that integrates motion-capture, letting you touch virtual items.

Dexmo force-feedback gloves are the future

Ever since Johnny Mnemonic put the idea of VR-gloves into my head I’ve been waiting for this day. Paired with a VR headset or maybe Microsoft’s Hololens, I can see these gloves being amazing.

One of VR’s glaring issues is that current control schemes are primitive at best, and what’s more natural than using our hands?

We learn about our world through touch, why shouldn’t we be able to learn about virtual worlds the same way?

  • Dexmo can simulate size, shape, and stiffness (okay you can stop giggling now) of virtual objects
  • That means being able to flip virtual switches, knobs or any other controls that the software designer wants to include
  • The onboard sensors track your hand movements and recreate your hands inside the virtual environment
  • SDK supports all mainstream VR/AR headsets and tracking systems

I know Dexta probably wants these gloves used for science, but wait until the porn industry gets their grubby mitts on them.

What do you think? Interested in trying out these gloves? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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