Data gloves for virtual reality (VR) are looking to become a big proposition during 2017 with recent Kickstarter campaigns from VRgluv and CaptoGlove both proving popular and surpassing their funding goals on the website. The latter is set for a retail rollout later this month and for a limited time is offering a discount on all pre-orders.
From today until 21st May, any customer interested in purchasing either a single glove or a pair will be eligible for a discount. Currently a single glove is £210 USD rather than $250, while a pair will cost $415 instead of $490. These offers are available through CaptoGlove.com. The retail roll out will feature retail outlets such as Amazon and Gadget Flow
“CaptoGlove has progressed in leaps and bounds since it was first created more than five years ago as a tool for helping my father recover mobility after a stroke,” said Paolo Trotta CEO of CaptoGlove. “In that time, we partnered with a world-renowned sports glove manufacturer in Reusch; secured several enthusiastic investors, and have entered into negotiations with some of the most prominent consumer technology companies for exclusive rights in their respective industries. It has been a true whirlwind.”
CaptoGlove was initially conceived five years ago as a way to help a father regain coordination and mobility after a stroke, before being further developed into the product it is today. The gloves work via Bluetooth, and have been designed to be compatible with as many VR headsets as possible. It features Bend Sensors provided by Flexpoint, and an Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) with 10 Degrees of Freedom (10DoF). This gives the glove yaw, pitch, roll and altitude capabilities.
The gloves are also customisable via a free app on iOS, Android and PC, allowing up to 20 control gestures per glove (or 40 with a pair).
VRFocus will continue with its coverage of CaptoGlove, reporting back with any further announcements.