Sony Buys H2L’s Shares for Haptics Project
Sony bought almost $1.8 Million worth of shares from H2L, the developer of UnlimitedHand, a Haptic Game Controller meant to be used with VR video games. The device provides users the ability to interact with any kind of virtual environment through touch.
The Potential behind H2L’s UnlimitedHand
Sony is not betting its money out of a hunch, with H2L’s haptic controller, people can experience a brittle peck from a pet, a bite from a zombie, the ricochet of a pistol, and almost anything, possibilities are unlimited.
H2L raised over $1.7 million in funding by allocating shares to Energy & Environment Investment and the Sony Innovation Fund. H2L has been researching and developing interesting products, one of them is PossessedHand, which is a tool that enables people to control human hands with stimulation, and there is H2L’s star product, UnlimitedHand.
“UnlimitedHand simulates “a sense of touch” for virtual reality games by a combination of motion tracking and haptic feedback technologies. Granting wearers intuitive control over virtual environments, virtual objects can now be felt and characters interacted with. The device tracks arm, hand and finger movements as input while passing functional electrical stimulus and vibrations as output. This exchange of data is done wirelessly through Bluetooth, allowing in-game maneuvers to be performed without restraints.”
Sony must have very good reasons for believing there is a potential in haptics for Virtual Reality, maybe it wants to add this feature in future PlayStation VR systems, or maybe other gadgets we still don’t know. Guess we will have to wait and find out.