Sony filed a patent for a glove to be used to interact with virtual reality.
The Sony PlayStation VR virtual reality headset has no official release date and no official price yet, but there is more to come. Sony filed a patent for PlayStation VR glove.
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Older readers will remember the Nintendo Power Glove. Nintendo introduce it in 1989 for the NES. It is more of a cult gadget than commercial success.
Sony's patent describes a similar glove to interact with virtual worlds. The patent specifically says: "A glove interface object is provided, comprising: at least one flex sensor configured to generate flex sensor data identifying a flex of at least one finger portion of the glove interface object; at least one contact sensor configured to generate contact sensor data identifying a contact between a first portion of the glove interface object and a second portion of the glove interface object; a communications module configured to transmit the flex sensor data and the contact sensor data to a computing device for processing to determine a finger position pose of the glove interface object, the finger position pose being applied for rendering a virtual hand in a view of a virtual environment on a head-mounted display (HMD), the virtual hand being rendered based on the identified finger position pose. ."
Gloves for virtual reality input have been popular during the first wave of virtual reality in the late nineties and early 2000. The Tom Cruise movie Minority Report comes to mind right away when thinking of glove based interfaces.
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Sony has with the PlayStation VR the virtual reality system with the potential biggest market share. The PlayStation VR will be the first HMD for a video game console, which reliefs fans of buying a powerful PC needed for the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.