Microsoft patents a perfect virtual reality glove for the future

Virtual reality headsets follow one another and improve, but what about controllers? Microsoft intends to solve this problem with an invention.

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It seems clear that virtual reality represents in part the future of tech and video games. Sony, Meta, and even Apple are very interested in it. For its part, Microsoft has made different choices, on the one hand by not offering virtual reality on Xbox, and on the other hand by betting on augmented reality with Hololens. However, the firm remains attentive, and continues its research work in the shadows, far from announcements.

This work can be echoed through the publication of patents. And it is precisely a patent published in Europe that interests us today both for video games and for professional use.

VR gloves for perfect interaction

The patent was spotted by the site PatentlyApple and follows a publication in Europe at the beginning of April 2022. In this patent, Microsoft engineers describe an accessory that should allow better interaction in virtual reality. To sum up the project, it’s about being able to wear gloves that allow interaction with very physical feedback, objects.

Xbox: Microsoft patents a perfect virtual reality glove for the future
The patent filed by Microsoft // Source: PatentlyApple

These are obviously not simple gloves, but accessories equipped with sensors and motors to allow force feedback against the knuckles, and thus really give the impression of holding an object.

In the description of the patent, Microsoft explicitly mentions both professional uses, with Hololens, and in video games. The firm is therefore very interested in this strong use in virtual reality that is the video game. Until now, Xbox has always stayed quite far from virtual reality, but the group has acquired several studios like Bethesda which are interested in virtual reality.

As always, when it comes to patents, keep in mind that we are not talking about a future project here, but rather a research project. This is an area in which Microsoft engineers work. This does not mean that this work will necessarily result in a marketed product. Many brands work and abandon projects.


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