It is just like the Energy Glove, however for VR

Nintendo’s Energy Glove was, to cite one of many eighties’ most interesting movies, “so bad.” The NES peripheral transfixed a technology of kids, solely to later understand that the “dangerous” on this occasion ought to maybe have been taken a bit extra actually. Nintendo finally offered 1 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 concept one other go. Actually interacting on this manner makes a heck of much more sense in VR than it does an 8-bit facet scroller. That 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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Along with selecting up an Innovation Award on the present, ContactGlove can also be the topic of an ongoing Kickstarter campaign, which has already handed its $200,000 aim, with 16 days left to go. The product combines hand monitoring with haptic suggestions to provide the person a extra hands-on strategy to interacting with the digital setting 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. It’s also possible to scorching 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 presently on the market. In fact, 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 suitable with HTC Vive headsets, in addition to Steam VR {hardware}. The corporate can also be making an SDK out there for Unity and Unreal Engine builders to make higher use of the system. Diver-X expects to begin delivery in July, at which level we’ll discover out what sort of dangerous ContactGlove really is.

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