So you've got your fancy virtual reality headset and a computer powerful enough to drive its twin displays. You don your goggles, fire up your VR app of choice and strike one of several goofy stances. Then what? There are many ways to interact with the artificial worlds developers are coming up -- joysticks, remotes and other gizmos -- but nothing's quite as natural as your hands. And hands need gloves, like BeBop's sci-fi VR gloves.
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Over the past four winters, we've tested more than 30 pairs of touchscreen gloves while moving half a ton of tree stumps, ice climbing, standing in a walk-in fridge for nearly three hours, and simply walking and biking around town. The Moshi Digits are easy to type with and should keep most people's fingers toasty, though we also have picks for more extreme climates since using touchscreen gloves involves a trade-off between manoeuvrability and warmth.
If your weekend plans included stopping by PAX South in San Antonio (sure, I'll just jump on a plane into the past -- Cam), you might want to a make a beeline for Capcom's booth to get your hands on -- and in -- these over-sized plush Ryu fists that let you Hadoken and Shoryuken anyone who dares cross you.
We haven't solved world hunger, and peace on a global scale isn't happening anytime soon, but if there's one thing humanity has mastered, its finding a way to smuggle booze. So if you play baseball, or just enjoy watching America's pastime from the stands, it's time to upgrade your glove to the Glask which features a hidden flask inside.
Walk into a room carrying a toy blaster and everyone assumes you're going to start spraying foam darts in their direction, giving them time to duck. But walk into a room wearing what looks like just a fingerless glove and everyone will assume you're some kind of rebel, and they certainly won't suspect a barrage of six darts is secretly waiting for them.
There are gloves called Hashtag Gloves. If you make a hashtag symbol with your fingers and then speak, the gloves will tweet what you say. They are, objectively, the worst gloves.
Lobsters never took over the world because their claws are terrible at grasping. It's the same reason deep sea divers, especially those that venture so far down that they require Atmospheric Dive Suits to keep from imploding, have such difficulty manipulating their tools at depth -- the suits' conventional lobster-like "prehensor" grippers are complete rubbish. But these new robo-gloves from MIT startup Vishwa Robotics will offer divers superior, Ninja Turtle-esque grip even 20,000 leagues below the sea.
Park Bomin, Jung Sumi and Chu Yeunho won a Red Dot Design Award for what they believe to be a big improvement to the surgical gloves used in hospitals. The trio's Safe Cut Surgical Gloves feature a pull tab that not only makes the gloves easier to remove, but also prevents them from ever being reused -- intentionally or not -- which helps prevent the spread of disease.
Some would argue that professional baseball of past eras was a simpler and purer version of the game, free from controversies like player strikes or steroid use. And this line of Shoeless Joe throwback gloves, that recreate designs from as far back as 1910, could help you relive those times -- even if they're named after a player who was banned from the game after the 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal. Simpler times, right?
The trickiest part of avoiding exposure to toxic substances is that they're often invisible, odourless and undetectable to our five senses. And as an alternative to expensive detectors and other electronic sensors, researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Regensburg have created a simple pair of gloves that turn colour in the presence of toxic airborne materials.
It may not have been a runaway success for Nintendo, but a company called B.i.Tech is hoping there's still some interest in the Power Glove concept. Its BEARTek gloves wirelessly connect to your smartphone or MP3 player over Bluetooth, providing full control of your device with simple fingertip taps.