Sony Files Patent For Virtual Reality Gaming Glove Controller


The video games industry has seen controller gloves before (note the Nintendo Power Glove ad pictured above). However, they’ve always basically been the traditional analog controller in a glove format.

A new patent filed by Sony that appears to be connected to their upcoming Playstation VR headset could be changing that. According to IGN:

The first patent is for a “Thumb Controller,” the second is referred to as a “Glove Interface Object,” and the third is designated as “systems and methods for providing feedback to a user while interacting with content.” All three are similar in concept, but have different inventors.

According to the “Glove Interface Object” description, the device features a flex sensor that tracks the position of your fingers, as well as a contact sensor to register when and if you’re touching something, and a communication module to transmit the data to a head-mounted display.

True hand tracking has proved elusive for other virtual reality makers, including the Facebook backed Oculus Rift. Has Sony finally designed a viable gaming glove?