A company where something interesting and amusing is always happening, BeBop Sensors unveils Forte Data Glove, which it cites as the first full-featured affordable data glove to incorporate haptics, wireless technology, and accurate, rapid sensing for gaming and virtual- and augmented-reality (AR/VR) environments. Forte is also described as an ultra-comfortable one-size-fits-all glove, and quite conducive to lengthy use due to a lightweight and open airy design.
Integrating six unique haptics and 10 smart fabric bend sensors operating at a speed of 500 HZ, the glove provides rapid sensing with data rates at 150 fps. The bend sensors specify an accuracy and repeatability of ±1.5° and a 9° inertial measurement unit (IMU) exhibits low drift to reliably handle pre-blended accelerometer and gyro-sensor data. Haptic commands and sensor data communicate through a Micro USB or Bluetooth wireless interface to a host device. The Micro USB interface also enables charging of the internal lithium battery.
Forte Glove can host up to 64 unique resident haptic sound files with new files rapidly uploaded over Bluetooth or USB from the host. Its custom haptic actuators are non-resonant with a four-plus octave frequency response of 100 Hz to 2 kHz.
Six actuators are located on each of the four fingertips, thumb, and palm, with the palm haptic for conveying possession of an object. The haptic signals can be pitch shifted and volume adjusted in real-time to solidify the impression of reality and can loop continuously or operate in single-play mode. The actuators respond to standard MIDI API commands for ease of integration into games and various OEM product environments.
In terms of power, the glove’s li-ion battery lasts for 15 hours under continuous Bluetooth connectivity while driving haptics to 100% amplitude. Full recharge takes two hours, however use can continue via USB while simultaneously charging the battery.
About being affordable, BeBop claims the Forte Data Glove is the first high-performance data glove available at a price on par with handheld motion sensing controllers. If you are clenching your fists in anticipation of more info and pricing, clench no more so you can watch a video demo and visit BeBop Sensors. BeBop Sensors, Inc., Berkeley, CA. 510-502-5310