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This VR glove lets you feel objects in the digital realm

By Shawn Knight
Aug 24, 2016
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  1. Virtual reality has finally arrived but the package as a whole is far from a finished product. Aside from additional polish that’s needed in terms of the visuals, we still haven’t quite figured out how movement and control will best work in the digital world.

    A Chinese startup by the name of Dexta Robotics believes it has a solid solution that’ll afford users the ability to “feel” things in the virtual (and augmented) realm.

    The result of more than 20 prototypes over two years, the Dexmo is an exoskeleton glove that tracks 11 degrees of freedom of motion. It processes this data and applies variable force feedback to each digit to mimic what it would feel like to hold an actual object.

    As you’ll see in the clip above, Dexmo is said to be rather lightweight and operates wirelessly so there are no clunky cables to get tangled up in.

    Dexta Robotics CEO Aler Gu told Engadget that selling Dexmo is different than selling consumer electronics because you can’t use it right out of the box. The executive added that it will take some really amazing content for people to realize how game-changing the innovation really is.

    While something like this could indeed change the game, Dexta Robotics doesn’t see this as a gaming-only product as it could have applications in other fields like medicine, education and training, just to name a few.

    Given Gu’s desire to shop the technology around to developers first, there’s no clear launch date in sight nor do we know how much it’ll sell for once it finally reaches the market.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +530

    The porn industry is going to love this.
     
  3. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 739   +249

    Add a VR integrated fleshlight and we're on to a real winner
     
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  4. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 155   +51

    I think you meant wiener. haha.
     
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    This could be a boon for NASA. Imagine if we could send up robots with human-style arms to do routine maintenance, construction, etc...all remotely controlled with no need for life support. I'd honestly be surprised if they weren't already working on this.
     
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