Apple files patent for VR fingertip tracking device

Apple applied for a new patent, which is a bit like a glove. The glove can be used for gesture control and can also provide haptic feedback in some scenarios.

Interaction in virtual space is a big problem. The mouse and keyboard on the computer are indeed accurate, but when the user wears a VR headset, the mouse and keyboard are useless. There are alternatives to current VR systems, which introduce motion controllers, but when the user grabs the virtual item he actually grabs the controller, so the experience is not perfect.

According to Apple's patent description, it wants to develop a device that attaches to the fingertip, has sensors on the device, and supports haptic feedback. Attached to the fingers on the back of the hand, sensors can detect motion and provide some form of tactile feedback.

The ring can be worn on the tip of the finger and held in place by the fingernail, so that it is possible to determine whether it is a single finger or multiple fingers participating in the interaction. Information is fed back to a control unit on the back of the hand, which is then connected to a computer.

Apple's designs are primarily intended for use in VR and AR environments , but can also be used in other contexts, such as scenes like those in the movie Minority Report. Cameras can detect visible markers or sensors on the device to track palm position; device sensors can collect palm or individual finger position data to improve accuracy so that palms can interact with projected scenes or interfaces.

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