Meta Has Developed New AR Tech That Comes In The Form Of Gloves That Interact With The Digital World

Meta has released information on its next technological gimmick: AR gloves that allow users to interact with 3D objects in virtual space as part of a new social experience.

The Metaverse is what Meta has chosen to name its entire slew of platforms and the technological bridges that help it all mesh together into one coherent universe. Does the name sound suspiciously similar to the extremely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise? Well, yes, but that’s because almost everything after the MCU needed to have the suffix “-verse” incorporated into their marketing, one way or another. With the Metaverse, Meta is looking to accomplish what the MCU did for its films: create an interconnecting world that users can wade their way through, replacing characters and plotlines with technological advancements and features. Even the latest AR smart-glasses that were made with Ray Ban are going to be eventually incorporated into the Metaverse. However, as of yet, it’s just Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp with some form of back and froth of accounts and information in between them. Our latest announcement and today’s headline, however, is looking to change that and add something a little bit unique to the mix.

Haptic Gloves are the latest technological advancement that the company formerly known as Facebook has contributed to the mix. They’re AR gloves with sensors built into them, mimicking the sensations of touch and pressure. This, combined with a VR headset, leads to experiences that allow people to build puzzles, play around with their environment, and other such related stuff. The experience can be likened to the likes of Minecraft’s AR mobile experience, for a clearer picture. Of course, this is the social network’s parent company we’re talking about, however, so there’s one more feature to add to the list. Social interaction.

Haptic Gloves are meant to be part of the Metaverse, and what that entails is that users can freely engage with each other in virtual space, despite being quite some distance apart. They can build together, wreck together, and explore the confines of their AR sim within a VR world. Of course, said confines are rather limited right now, owing to the feature not being particularly new. Even the tangle of cables that surround Haptic Gloves along with the VR headset is a nightmare to look at. Then again, this has only been a reveal. Further development can very much be expected to roll out down the line.

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