Manus Machina, a company dedicated to virtual reality input devices, has begun shipping their first sets of wireless VR gloves to developers.
Roaming the halls of Birmingham’s NEC covering EGX 2015 today, I bumped into the Manus Machina team, who gave me an impromptu demo of their prototype wireless input gloves, and an update on their development progress.
Manus’ PR Officer Bob Vlemmix happily informed me that the team had begun shipping their early developer kits to a selection of developers, meaning the work on content creation for the devices can now begin.
Scott Hayden went hands-in with the new gloves back at Gamescom in August, you can check out his impressions here. The devices use a combination of per finger sensor strips and IMUs to track you digits and hands in virtual space.
According to the team, developer interest in the product has picked up significantly, with some big names potentially interested in working with the startup.
There are hardware improvements too, in the form of a new IMU which reduces yaw drift, an effect that can throw off your virtual hand’s orientation until recalibrated.
All-in-all, it was a positive update and despite some known issues with positional accuracy, the team seem to be achieving good progress.