Virtual reality pioneers Teslasuit have unveiled a glove that allows users to feel ‘virtual textures’. And it’s coming in 2020.
Virtual reality has been primarily geared towards making gaming experiences more immersive in recent years, but Teslasuit – an arm of tech mecca Tesla – are showing that VR has serious real-world applications too.
The latest innovation off the production line of Musk’s ceaseless mind machine is dubbed the ‘Teslasuit Glove’. While the serial entrepreneur continues to invest in Nerualink – the mysterious brain control implant that could supposedly eradicate neurological diseases from the modern world (according to head boff Dr. Matthew McDougall) – the Teslasuit Glove represents the physical side of Musk’s multipronged approach to medical rehabilitation.
Chief engineers at Tesla have combined several different technologies including Haptic Display, Motion Capture, Force Feedback, and Biometry to create the virtual impression of touching and holding objects that don’t actually exist. Now, as an avid gamer I know what you’re thinking, but it may be a while before you’re physically pulling the trigger on your own Covenant Needler Rifle. Priced at around $5,000 a unit, it’s safe to assume this isn’t a home accessory to be paired with your Oculus or even your Vive, though the creators aren’t ruling out future possibilities in the entertainment sphere just yet.
The new glove can be paired with the previously created Teslasuit (which transfers sensations from VR to the body through electrical impulses) to enhance the accuracy and immersion of challenging training regimes across sport, public safety, the military, personal rehabilitation, and even space travel. Or it can be used independently.