Facebook showed a prototype of a VR bracelet with tactile feedback

Modern virtual or augmented headsetsreality can very well demonstrate us a very decent quality graphics. Well, about the high-quality sound and can not speak. However, in order to finally plunge into virtual worlds, we need a new way to control, because traditional mice, keyboards and gamepads disrupt the effect of presence. And it seems that the developers from Facebook were able to get closer to creating a fundamentally new controller for virtual and augmented reality.

At the recently held World Conference onResearchers at Facebook Reality Labs showed tactile technologies a prototype of Tasbi bracelets that allow you to manage virtual space while still having several types of tactile feedback.

What does a new virtual reality controller look like?

The device is attached to the wrist and representsis a set of small modules connected to the main element, like a very large smart watch. In addition, each of the components of the gadget has a built-in linear actuator that can accurately transmit vibrations and dynamically adjust the voltage at each point where it is fixed.

Collectively, Tasbi bracelets can provideaccording to the developers, “vibrations” and “squeezing” when the user interacts with the content. In this case, the interaction is not limited to the answer to what is happening inside the virtual world. Tasbi can also control holographic objects and allow them to “feel” (in other words, it will be possible, for example, to shake hands with a hologram).

When can I buy a VR bracelet?

It is worth noting that the new device is onlyprototype and it can be significantly improved by creating additional sensors not only on the wrist, but also on other parts of the body. In addition, the developers say that you can also add finger tracking to give the user even more control over the virtual space.

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The date the device entered the market (as well asthe possibility of going beyond the prototype) is not known. But given that Facebook owns a fairly strong player in the VR market in the face of Oculus, sooner or later something like that on Tasbi we will definitely see on the store shelves.

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