Mark Zuckerberg uses the "haptic gloves" developed by Meta to sense objects in the metaverse

Mark Zuckerberg has already been spotted wearing a VR headset to see things in virtual reality on several occasions. Today, a new video shows the CEO of Facebook, now Meta, feeling objects in virtual reality, thanks to technology developed to bring touch into the metaverse. On Tuesday, November 16, Mark Zuckerberg posted a video in which he is seen trying on “haptic gloves” to do things like roll dice, play Jenga and chess, shake hands and punch.

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“The Reality Labs team at Meta is working on haptic gloves to create a realistic sense of touch in the metaverse,” he captioned the video. “Someday you will be able to feel the texture and the pressure when you touch virtual objects.” The gloves track the hands of the person wearing them to determine where they are in a virtual reality scene and whether and how they may be in contact with a virtual object, according to a press release from Meta on Tuesday.

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The gloves then simulate sensations like pressure, texture, and vibration to recreate the feel of objects in virtual reality. The company has been working on the gloves for seven years, noting in the release that the project “started out as a blueprint, but is increasingly achievable as we continue to innovate and expand our research. “.

“Building these gloves is a challenge that requires inventing entirely new areas of scientific research,” the statement said. “Although we are still in the early stages of this research, the goal is one day to pair the gloves with your VR headset for an immersive experience such as attending a concert or a game of poker in the metaverse, and eventually they would work with your AR glasses. “

Another video, posted Monday to Meta’s official Facebook page, also shows the haptic gloves in action. In the clip, one person virtually throws and catches a ball and joins another person in virtual reality to play games like Jenga and The Battle of Thumbs.

You can watch Mark Zuckerberg’s full video here.

Version originale : Sarah Jackson/Insider

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