You might know how effective seeing things in virtual reality can be. But what if you could also feel stuff you see around in VR with your hands. Well, it appears you will be able to do just that sometime in the future. Dexmo F2, from Dextra Robotics, is a mechanical exoskeleton for you hands that will allow you to ‘feel’ virtual objects.
The makers of the Dexmo F2 were talking about their rig at a Reddit AMA:
It works like this, when the avatar you are controlling hits a digital object, a signal is sent back via our SDK to Dexmo F2 and the small actuators actuates, brakes the joint and locks the exoskeleton. When you further bend your finger inwards, a normal force will be created on your fingertip.
The force feedback rig appears to be a motion capture device for your hands and also a VR controller. It will work with STEM, therefore the hands will be accurately placed in the virtual world. The Dexmo F2 has been tested in Unity to ‘feel’ surfaces. But don’t get too excited, as it creates only a digital sensation at the moment. You will feel the same if you are touching a wooden board or a pillow. And the Dexmo F2 is currently a fragile 3D printed prototype. Their plan is to use metal for the final product.
The Dexmo F2 will become a Kickstarter project later this month. We will let you know when that happens. They are talking about a price tag of “under 200 if enough people showed interest”. So are you interested?