Virtual reality doesn’t quite match up to the “reality” label without tactile sensations, but that might not be an issue for too much longer. Imagine a glove that could let you touch objects in a virtual world. A team of scientists at Cornell University has created a stretchable fiber-optic sensor that detects exactly what you’re doing with your fingers.
A capability they say could revolutionize the way we interact with simulated objects in virtual reality.
“VR and AR immersion is based on motion capture. Touch is barely there at all”
“Let’s say you want to have an augmented reality simulation that teaches you how to fix your car or change a tire. If you had a glove or something that could measure pressure, as well as motion, that augmented reality visualization could say, ‘Turn and then stop, so you don’t overtighten your lug nuts.’ There’s nothing out there that does that right now, but this is an avenue to do it.”said Rob Shepard, an engineering professor at Cornell who worked on the glove
The prototype glove, as detailed in a new paper published in the journal Science today, can detect deformations including pressure, bending, and straining.
The team’s glove is a 3D-printed one-off with Bluetooth, a battery and basic circuitry. potential uses are clear, This Glove Finally Let You Touch Stuff in VR.