In the world of virtual reality and augmented reality, one of the most difficult aspects of the technologies has been controls. Most platforms have leaned into the concept of a more traditional videogame controller, or something in the arena of a Wii Remote. However, this takes a lot of the reality out of the virtual or augmented realities. It also prevents usage for a wide variety of high precision purposes. The team at BeBop Sensors has developed a control system that opens up those uses in VR and AR.
The product itself is called Forte Data Gloves, and, as the name suggests are essentially gloves, with a strong focus on virtual reality. Like many controllers, it has positioning sensors, motion sensors, and command capabilities. Where the gloves really get exciting is in the extreme precision of the control. Each finger is able to be tracked individually, allowing for motions such as grabbing and picking up items. It also allows for interacting with virtual displays.
Within the gloves is haptic a feedback system, designed to give the wearer physical information about their virtual interactions. Imagine performing a virtual surgery on a patient during training. As you pick up a scalpel, you can feel a little response. As you put the knife to work, you can feel a little motion to simulate the resistance of the skin.
In addition to VR or AR interactions, the Forte Data Gloves can also be used to control physical devices. They can be used to move or train a robotic arm or even a drone. You can even navigate through a 3D map with just your hands.
To learn more about the Forte Data Gloves, explore the product's capabilities, or to contact the company, check out the BeBop Sensors website.
Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.