Virtual reality is fast expanding with the rise of consumer-ready VR goggles like the Gear VR or the Oculus Rift. However, for all the effects, that these devices offer, they still lack the ability to offer the user with a limited sense of touch. China’s Dexta Robotics has designed a hand exoskeleton- Dexmo that allows you feel objects within virtual reality.
The Dexmo comes in two variants- the classic and F2 variants. The Dexmo Classic is purely an input device with 11 degrees of freedom which can be used to control mechanical hands and arms, even ones designed for dangerous and sensitive tasks like bomb disposal. The F2 version adds digital force feedback for the index finger and thumb only letting you feel the size of the virtual object you’ve picked up on the screen. Both variants are wireless, communicating with the user’s computer via Bluetooth.
Dexmo can be used in apps such as remote-controlled cars, smart lighting, and more. Dexta Robotics is still a Kickstarter campaign looking to raise $200,000 for the exoskeleton’s production. It is now available to pledge for starting at $65 for the Dexmo Exoskeleton glove and a developer kit. Watch the video below that demonstrates the two Dexmo exoskeletons in action.