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Haptx launches Haptx Gloves G1, a new pair of gloves to exploit the metaverse. The meat and potatoes of the company’s products are virtual reality compatible gloves, replacing the need for handheld controllers. The new peripheral will launch at $ 4500 USD, a fraction of the price of the Haptx Gloves DK2.
Most of us, when we think of virtual reality, think of gaming applications. But Haptx is approaching things from a different direction. When the company designs its peripherals, it gets to things from a work standpoint.
The Haptx G1 gloves are an upgrade to previous versions, offering loads of new features. The gloves have an increased ergonomic design and are available in multiple sizes. No more one-size-fits-all that people like me have to deal with, when what we need are large gloves for giant hands. The new configuration also offers wireless mobility, new and improved haptic capabilities, and multiplayer collaboration.
“With HaptX Gloves G1, we are making it possible for all organizations to take advantage of our realistic tactile feel,” said Jake Rubin, head of Haptx, in a statement to GamesBeat. “Touch is the cornerstone of the next generation of human-machine interface technologies and the opportunities are endless.”
The gloves harness the best advances in materials science and modern manufacturing techniques for a comfortable fit. The Haptx G1 gloves fit and feel like a conventional glove, rather than a bulky device. The fingers, palm and wrist are soft and flexible to ensure that the user’s dexterity is not hindered.
Inside the gloves are hundreds of microfluidic actuators that physically push and move the skin. When interacting with virtual objects, you can really feel that it is happening.
The haptic feedback is powered by a backpack-like device called the Airpack. The Airpack generates compressed air and precisely controls its flow. Compressed air devices are generally quite loud, but the airpack is quiet enough to be discreet within VR. The device can work for 3 hours on a single charge and can be worn on the back or placed on a table.
The Haptx Software Development Kit is where the real magic happens. The SDK is designed to allow developers to easily incorporate realistic touch functions into their applications. Aim for pretty broad coverage: Developers on an enterprise or industrial scale shouldn’t have a problem. It also has plugins for Unreal, Unity, and a C ++ API.
The Haptx Gloves G1 SDK also offers some new and improved features. Developers can play with advanced vibrotactile feedback for simulating microscale surface structures. There’s also the new multiplayer feature, which allows multiple users to all collaborate on the same objects in the same simulation.
Telerobotics operators can use a ROS node to connect gloves to robots, for natural control of robots and effectors.
Haptx G1 gloves are currently available for pre-order. Single pairs are priced at $ 5495 USD. A pack of all four sizes costs $ 4500 per pair. The G1 gloves also require the Haptx subscription program, which provides an Airpark and SDK. That’s $ 495 a month for a set of gloves.
Haptx aims to ship in the third quarter of 2023.
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