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What you need to know
- An Apple patent has revealed the design for finger sensors that can be stored an charged on a "Mixed Reality headset".
- The finger sensors would be worn by a user to gather input.
- Haptic technology means they could also provide output, simulating touching real objects.
An Apple patent published today and reported via Patently Apple, has revealed the designs for finger sensors that can be mounted on a "mixed reality" headset for storage and charging.
According to the report:
These certainly look like sensors that could be used alongside some kind of virtual reality device to allow users to provide different inputs. The patent covers many different types of sensor, so the finger units could include microphones, touch/proximity sensors, optical sensors, ultrasonic, accelerometers, muscle activity sensors and more. As per the report:
The most interesting part of the patent is the feature which allows haptic feedback to provide the user with texture sensations, which would allow it to simulate the feel of touching a real object as you interact with objects in a virtual world.
You can check out the full report here. As always, a patent is no guarantee that we will ever see this technology released. But, the idea of virtual reality sensors that could provide haptic feedback certainly sounds pretty incredible.
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