WEART, an Italian startup co-founded by Guido Gioioso and Giovanni Spagnoletti, has developed TouchDIVER — a haptic device that provides finger tracking as well as touch, heat, and cold in extended or mixed reality.
TouchDIVER is a wearable haptic glove that adds tactile sensations to any VR/AR experience and digital content, enabling the perception of forces, textures, and thermal cues. This VR glove enables natural and realistic user interaction with virtual objects and surfaces. The wearable haptic interface gives the feeling of grasping and manipulating objects using tools, feeling the heat and cold of any material and in any digital environment. One of the key highlights of this technology is the co-localization of three different stimuli: cutaneous force feedback, thermal cues, and texture-based vibrations. The device is provided with an SDK that can be used to integrate it into Unity, Unreal Engine, and other software development platforms. The TouchDIVER comes with a Universal Adapter hosted on the Control Unit that can be used to plug-in most commercially available controllers (HTC Vive Trackers, Oculus Controllers, etc.). Typical applications of the device include industrial and medical training, collaborative design, education, art, sports, and entertainment.
The global AR/VR market is growing rapidly, but the integration of touch in AR/VR devices is still in the early stages of research. This haptic glove enables the integration of tactile cues, promising an increase in the level of realism of the experience.
The TouchDIVER is already being tested for industrial and medical VR training. It was recently showcased at Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE World 2023.