VR Metaverse gets closer to reality as Meta showcases haptic gloves

Meta – the company formerly known as Facebook – dives directly into virtual reality with a preview of its latest research and development...


Meta – the company formerly known as Facebook – dives directly into virtual reality with a preview of its latest research and development on haptic gloves that give sensory feedback in digital realms.

Facebook becomes Meta in late October to shift focus from social media to Metaverse and VR technology development.

In a blog post from November 16, Meta share the latest advancements in haptic glove research from its technology company VR Reality Labs, noting that the product has been designed for seven years.

The company shared a video that shows two people testing haptic gloves in a Metaverse demo, as they clench their fists, pick up blocks, throw things, shake hands, knock over dominoes and play Jenga together.

Overview of the haptic glove: Meta

Meta says the gloves rely on haptic rendering to send “precise instructions to hand actuators” that match tracking technology that identifies the location of the hand and the properties of virtual objects in the metaverse.

In their current state of development, the palms appear to be lined with small, flexible robotic motors that move in unison to provide a corresponding feel to the user’s hand movements in the metaverse. Meta noted, however, that haptic gloves won’t be on the market anytime soon.

“The reality is that this is an affordable and accessible tool for regular consumers, it is still some time. I mean, look at the mess of cables connecting these prototypes, ”the blog read.

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Meta said their haptic glove project “started out like moonlight,” but is getting closer to reality due to advancements in the science of perception, soft robotics, microfluidics, hand tracking and haptic rendering.

The company also laid out its vision for the project ahead of time, echoing something similar to the plot of the Loan Player One film in which VR technology and games have developed to the point of providing a liveable metaverse to its users:

“Imagine working on a virtual 3D puzzle with the realistic 3D avatar of a friend. When you pick up a virtual puzzle piece from the table, your fingers will automatically stop moving when you feel it close to hand.

Numerous onlookers are waiting to see if Meta will launch an “Open Metaverse” like its decentralized counterparts in the crypto space, or pose a threat to space by fighting for domination of the sector.

Some are quite optimistic about Meta’s decision, however, with Emil Angervall, co-founder and COO of music technology start-up Corite, telling Cointelegraph on October 29 that the company would provide extreme upside opportunities for the NFT and Metaverse sectors.

The Meta (FB) share price has gained 9% since it was announced that it was held at $ 341 at the time of writing.