Control VR: Gesture-Control Gloves
US tech start-up Control VR has created a pair of motion-capture gloves for consumers. Worn in tandem with a virtual reality headset such as Oculus Rift or Google Glass, they create a fully immersive experience by enabling users to see and control their arms and hands on-screen, with unlimited movement.
The system features ergonomically designed gloves and fixtures for the hands, arms and shoulders. Using the smallest inertial sensors, Control VR accurately tracks the user's movements and even allows them to manipulate objects on-screen, turning people's hands into intuitive controllers for PCs, virtual reality and more.
The versatile system can be used with a variety of operating systems and platforms, and has applications far beyond gaming. Medical researchers have been using the gloves to understand the effects of ageing and Parkinson's disease on movement, while in the field of robotics, Control VR says it has programmed the gloves to control a quadricopter drone.
Eventually, the company plans to add haptic technology to the gloves, allowing users to 'feel' the objects they come into contact with in a virtual environment.
Based in LA, the developers have already secured $349,004 in crowdfunding on Kickstarter for the product, smashing their original target of $250,000 with 18 days to go. Priced at $600, production is set to begin on October 1 2014, with the first deliveries expected to arrive in time for Christmas.
The way we interact with computers is rapidly changing as the boundaries between man and machine continue to blur. For more innovations in this arena, see The New User Interface, Touch-Free Tech and Human First – part of our Agile Futures Macro Trend.