Haptics company Haptex claims that Meta has copied a patented design for a glove that will let you touch objects in virtual reality.
Meta, formerly Facebook, revealed the glove yesterday, and can apparently recreate the feel of texture, pressure and vibration – though Meta says it’s still in the “early stages of research.”
The gloves are made with hundreds of actuators — tiny motors — that operate synchronously, and the company proposes to replace them with softer ones that change shape as the wearer changes in the future.
“The core components of this prototype, which include a silicon-based microfluidic tactile feedback laminate and pneumatic control architecture, appear to be very similar to HaptX’s patented technology. We welcome interest and competition in the field of microfluidic haptics; however, Competition must be fair for the industry to thrive”, HaptX founder and CEO Jake Rubin said in a statement.
These microfluidic processors in Meta’s gloves are tiny chips on the glove that control the air flow that moves the actuators, when and how far to open the valves.
Meta’s Andrew Stanley said in the company’s blog post, “What sets our work apart from the broader field of microfluidics in general is the emphasis we place on making things very light, wearable and fast. “
“For haptic interactions, the actuator has to exert pressure against the fingers very quickly as some event occurs in virtual or augmented reality. Most microfluidics processes, such as those used in chemical analysis, occur on the order of seconds, Whereas we are looking at the order of milliseconds. We can get faster response times with wind.”
Mr Rubin alleges that HapX had “hosted many of META’s engineers, researchers and executives over a period of years to demonstrate our unprecedented haptic technology”, and while he has not heard from META, he is “fair and a just system”. Addresses our concerns and enables them to incorporate our innovative technology into their future consumer products.”
HaptX’s allegations suggest direct patent infringement could lead to a lawsuit against the social media metaverse company, although it is unclear what HaptX would consider a “fair settlement”.
Meta did not respond to a request for comment Granthshala before the time of publication.
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