21 Dec '15, 7pm

VR Glove Powered by Finger Motions

VR Glove Powered by Finger Motions

Tom Cruise would have looked much less cool in the 2002 film Minority Report if he’d swiped through images on his computer display with gloves that required clunky data cables or heavy battery packs. A real-world glove promises to bring that sleek Minority Report –style future one step closer by harvesting energy from the wearer’s finger motions. The prototype glove, called “GoldFinger,” uses piezoelectric transducers that convert the mechanical motions of the glove user’s fingers into electricity. It doesn’t generate enough power to keep the glove’s battery fully charged during typical usage, but shows how the technology could boost the battery charge or potentially reduce the battery’s size. Italian and U.S. researchers who developed the glove sewed electrically-conductive filaments into its nylon fabric to ensure maximum flexibility for the wearer— a crucial factor for ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/hardware/vr-...

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