In Brief
  • Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shared photos of himself at the Oculus Research lab in Redmond, Washington using a new prototype of virtual reality gloves.
  • The gloves allow the wearer to type, draw, or even mimic Spider-Man in virtual reality, but there's no word yet on when they might be available for consumer sale.

Undeterred by the recent lawsuit loss suffered by Oculus, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg continues working on developing hardware to improve the technology’s augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) experience. Just after his tour of the Oculus Research lab in Redmond, Washington, Zuckerberg shared a new prototype for vR gloves.

Image credits: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook
Image credits: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

“We’re working on new ways to bring your hands in virtual and augmented reality,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. “Wearing these gloves, you can draw, type on a virtual keyboard, and even shoot webs like Spider Man. That’s what I’m doing here.”

While not much is known about the VR gloves just yet, we do know that Oculus acquired a hand-tracking startup called Pebbles Interfaces that was already working on technology that could help in the creation of VR gloves.

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We also know that the prototype seems to use OptiTrack Prime 17W cameras in lieu of an Oculus-built sensor system to sense the position of the gloves, according to TechCrunch. The gloves also seem to have a slim form-factor.

These gloves could help Oculus encourage the adoption of VR tech within the mainstream market (their Touch controllers don’t quite do the trick, as they have very limited uses in VR). Oculus isn’t the only company working on VR gloves, though. There’s Dexta Robotics’ Dexmo gloves and Manus‘ sleeker, bike-glove style accessory that works with HTC Vive controllers. There’s also Neurodigital’s Gloveone and Noitom’s Hi5.