Facebook researchers believed that If VR will go to the mainstream, then they will need to ditch the bulky accessories while still letting people interact with the virtual world. The social network giant’s researchers at its Reality Labs are developing with a prototype called Tasbi.
The device is a wrist-worn haptic bangle that uses both squeezes and vibrations alert to hint users of what they are doing in a game session.
Following UploadVR report, the whole idea is that you’d wear one Tasbi wrist bangle on each wrist, which will let you get a sensation when you pick up objects, push buttons or touch a surface.
Even though your fingers aren’t placed in contact with anything, the Tasbi device is smart enough to make you think you are. Sadly, Tasbi doesn’t do hand, finger and skeleton tracking, so it would need a user to combine it with a computer vision sensor so it can function better.
We are yet to determined if Tasbi wrist band would work for everyone. Meanwhile, Facebook said it will publish its research paperwork on the device in the nearest future. It’s quite heartening to realize that most companies are researching ways to bridge one of the biggest divides between us and what we see on screen.
Anyways, as it is, we may need to use gloves like those made by Bebop, to feel things that aren’t there in the nearest future, VR report shows