19 April 2017
Recently, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg showed off a concept of a VR glove controller. Oculus is looking to patent such a controller that will have self-tracking capabilities. In the patent filing, the concept is described as an "optical hand tracking" solution for VR systems.
Not only can the glove be used with a game-pad, it can also serve as a standalone controller. It has a light source that illuminates the hand and fingers. The illuminated skin is scanned by an optical sensor that records many images instantaneously, and then compares them with each other to calculate the relative position of the hand.
This optical tracking will enable users to just put on the glove and instantly experience VR without having to install a series of infrared sensors. It should be much more than the currently-used Oculus' Constellation platform.
It is ofcourse unconfirmed as yet whether the company will ever make this patent into a reality. But since Mark Zuckerberg showed off a prototype, chances are highly unlikely that such a project will now be shelved.
Next week, the company is hosting its annual developers conference in San Jose, so we should see more details regarding this glove materialize soon.