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?