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Gloveone: The gloves that let you feel virtual reality objects

Virtual reality is great at stimulating two of the senses – sight and hearing – but touch is sadly missing. Gloveone is a pair of VR gloves that lets you feel your way around a virtual reality world.

The idea is that you can feel any object you can see in virtual reality. And it’ll feel just like the real thing. Touch an apple, and it’ll have the same texture, weight and consistency as an actual apple. We can almost taste it…

This is achieved with 10 actuators – mini motors that are operated by energy – distributed across the palms and fingertips. These vibrate independently at different frequencies and intensities to reproduce accurate touch sensations.

They’re powered by an 800mAh battery, plus you can use them in ultra-low latency mode with a USB cable. They connect over Bluetooth, so can be used wirelessly – in other words, you won’t have to worry about getting tangled up in the real world while you explore virtual terrain.

Read more: Samsung Gear VR review

They come in three sizes – XS-S, M-L, XL-XXL – and let you use all 10 fingers. It currently needs auxiliary sensors like Leap Motion or Intel RealSense to track your hands. But it can also work with other tech like Microsoft Kinect or OpenCV.

It’s only raised about $9,000 at time of writing, and needs $150,000 to be funded. But there are still 37 days to go. If successful, it should ship in December.

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