MIT showcases tether glove that manipulates virtual objects

Users can manipulate virtual objects on screen

MIT has showcased its tether glove that lets users grab and move virtual objects through gestures.

The technology is the work of MIT's Tangible Media Group. From a demonstration of the tether glove’s working, users can draw shapes or work together to create virtual objects using either a motion-tracked glove or a multi-touch tablet screen.

According to MIT, the technology behind the glove works through capacitive touch. The motion tracked registers input through capacitive touch on the display allowing users to extend their hands into the virtual world. Users only have to place their hands behind the display to enter the virtual world and manipulate virtual objects on the screen directly.

A range of several thumb plus various fingers’ pinching motions let users grab and move the virtual objects easily. Random ‘touching together’ motions of two fingers can show or hide the objects. Two people standing close to each other can work together in the virtual space effortlessly.

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