- The Forte data glove is the first haptic glove for the HTC Cosmos and first haptic glove for the Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality Headsets
- The Forte data glove allows people to do practical things in the virtual world with natural hand interactions
Mixed reality (MR) is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations. It is a technology breakthrough where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real-time. It encompasses augmented reality and augmented virtuality using immersive technology.
The smart fabric sensor technology company BeBop Sensors recently announced their new product at CES 2020. The Forte data glove is claimed to be the first VR haptic glove integrated and exclusively designed for mixed reality applications.
Response time of up to six milliseconds
According to BeBop, Forte data glove is super-fast. It has a fast response time of up to six milliseconds. It is a low power-consuming device that provides all-day battery life. The gloves feature a comfortable design that fits almost everyone. It incorporates powerful haptics for truly intuitive hand interactions to feel different textures. It also provides a realistic experience when touching a table or robot versus a piece of velvet. As a result, this sensor can provide an accurate and immersive experience.
Supports a number of VR-based devices
The Forte data glove is the first haptic glove for the HTC Cosmos and first haptic glove for the Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality Headsets. This includes HP, Lenovo, Acer, Dell, and Samsung through the integration with HP Reverb. Additionally, the Forte data glove is the first haptic VR glove to fully support Oculus Quest Link. It allows Oculus Quest to leverage the graphics capabilities and processing power of a VR computer for higher-end VR interactions.
Portable and efficient solution
This affordable and wireless VR/AR data glove can provide a complete VR headset/data glove solution. It can fit in a small bag for easy portability. The glove need not require any initial setup. This can make it a good gadget to attach for VR enterprise training, maintenance and gaming anywhere/anytime.
The Forte data glove allows people to do practical things in the virtual world with natural hand interactions. It does so by providing tactile feedback to the user. This feedback creates a virtual tangible environment for more realistic and safer training.
Waterproof sensors with six haptic actuators
According to the company, the device features a comfortable and universal open palm design that fits most people. The glove is cleanable and breathable. It also contains waterproof sensors. The design is powered by an array of sensors clocked at a speed of 160Hz. It supports a nine-degree inertial measurement unit(IMU). This provides the sensor with low current drift. Along with this, it also provides reliable accelerometer and gyro sensor data readings to the processor. The whole system runs on six haptic actuators that are located in different positions in the glove.
The company informed that the product is targeted to the enterprise as well as location-based entertainment applications. The data glove can provide true real-time haptic feedback. This led the user to feel textures and move the digital objects as they exist in real life.
A companion for mixed-reality applications
With all these features, it can be considered as an add-on to the current VR gadgets. The glove is compatible with a number of devices such as Oculus Quest, Oculus Link, Oculus Rift S, Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality, HTC Vive Cosmos, HTC Vive Pro, HTC Focus Plus and Varjo VR headset technology. Applications of this device can include VR enterprise training, VR medical trials/rehabilitation, robotics and drone control, VR CAD design and gaming.