One factor that keeps virtual reality from being genuinely immersive is the way that regardless you can’t feel what you see. A group of researchers from EPFL and ETH Zurich is endeavoring to change that by making a couple of innovative gloves that “provides extremely realistic haptic feedback.”
According to the specialists, their creation, which they’ve named “DextrES,” isn’t like other VR gloves additionally as of now being developed because they include realistic haptic feedback.
To begin with, it’s lightweight and doesn’t have a massive exoskeleton or overwhelming parts. It’s made of nylon, is just 2 mm thick and gauges 8 grams for each finger. Besides, it needs next to no power that it could inevitably keep running on a battery.
Herbert Shea, leader of EPFL’s Soft Transducers Laboratory, stated: “We wanted to develop a lightweight device that — unlike existing virtual-reality gloves –- doesn’t require a bulky exoskeleton, pumps or very thick cables.”
DextrES (probably a play on the word “dexterous”) has thin elastic metal strips running over the fingers. When you touch an object in virtual reality, the system applies a voltage difference that causes the strips to stick together. That prohibits your fingers’ movements, mimicking the feeling of touching an actual object.
Shea clarified that the framework needs next to no power to work since it blocks movement as opposed to making it. That is the reason the specialists are sure that they can utilize a little battery for the gloves later on.
They’re likewise trusting that they can scale up the innovation for different applications, for example, for preparing surgeons in augmented reality.
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