October 25, 2022
HaptX, which develops realistic haptics technologies that can also be used in telerobotics applications, has announced the availability of pre-orders of the company’s HaptX Gloves G1, a device optimized for the use in enterprise metaverse applications.
The company said it engineered the new gloves with features most requested by HaptX customers, including improved ergonomics, multiple glove sizes, wireless mobility, new and improved haptic functionality, and multiplayer collaboration. The new gloves are priced at $4,500 per pair, which the company said is a fraction of the cost of its HaptX Gloves DK2.
“WIth HaptX Gloves G1, we’re making it possible for all organizations to leverage our lifelike haptics,” said Jake Rubin, founder and CEO of HaptX. “Touch is the cornerstone of the next generation of human-machine interface technologies, and the opportunities are endless.”
The G1 gloves also leverage advances in materials science and the latest manufacturing techniques to deliver a haptic glove that fits like a conventional glove, the company said. The Gloves’ digits, palm and wrist are soft and flexible for uninhibited dexterity and comfort. The gloves will be available in four sizes (small, medium, large and extra large), aimed at offering the best fit and performance for all adult hands. Inside the gloves are hundreds of microfluidic actuators that physically displace your skin, so when you touch and interact with virtual objects, the objects feel real.
HaptX said that to create realistic haptic feedback, a lightweight wireless Airpack generates compressed air that precisely controls its flow. The Airpack can be worn on the body in backpack mode for room-scale applications, or placed on a table for seated and standing applications. The Airpack delivers up to three hours of use on a single charge without a connection to external air or power, the company said.
Multiplayer haptics technology allows two people to experience the same tactile sensations from a singular virtual object.
In addition, a software development kit provides developers the ability to bring realistic touch to their applications with the Gloves G1. The SDK is optimized for enterprise and industrial use cases, with plugins for Unreal Engine and Unity, as well as a C++ API. New features of the SDK include advanced vibrotactile feedback for simulation of microscale surface textures; a ROS node that enables telerobotics operators to connect HaptX Gloves G1 to remote robots for natural, accurate control of robotic end effectors; and a haptic multiplayer feature, which allows multiple users to work in the same virtual environment and feel the same objects, regardless of physical location. This can be used to improve collaborative training applications and conduct design reviews, for example.
HaptX said companies can pre-order an individual pair of HaptX Gloves G1 for $5,495, or a bundle of all four sizes for only $4,500 per pair. The company said it plans to begin shipping systems to customers in Q3 2023, advising companies to place a small deposit on the G1 gloves now to establish priority shipping and to lock in the pre-order pricing.
“Too often, we see enterprise and industry leaders resort to using game controllers for interacting with business applications in the metaverse,” said Joe Michaels, chief revenue officer of HaptX. “Organizations developing their metaverse strategy now have a solution for touch feedback so effective, their jobs can depend on it. With HaptX Gloves G1 priced this low, you don’t have to settle for controllers or hand-tracking.”
With HaptX Gloves G1, HaptX is also introducing the HaptX Subscription program, a hardware-as-a-service model that provides cost-effective, turn-key product deployment and support for enterprise customers. Each HaptX Subscription includes an Airpack, the HaptX SDK, and a comprehensive service and maintenance plan. Use of HaptX Gloves G1 requires a HaptX Subscription, which starts at $495 per month.
The company said customers who pre-order HaptX Gloves G1 need only make a small deposit on the cost of the gloves. At a date closer to the shipment of their HaptX Gloves G1 systems, customers will select glove sizes and subscription options.
For more details on the company, visit the HaptX website here.