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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg shows off prototype Oculus Rift gloves

And we want a pair right now

Oculus is working on a pair of gloves that put your hands into virtual reality, as revealed by Mark Zuckerberg himself.

The Facebook CEO and Oculus company owner posted photos from his recent tour of the Oculus research lab in Redmond, Washington, including a shot of him wearing a pair of white gloves with the Rift.

The lab is run by Oculus's VR scientist researching next-gen virtual and augmented reality, led by tech industry veteran Michael Abrash (who might have the coolest job in the world).

"We're working on new ways to bring your hands in virtual and augmented reality," Zuck wrote in the caption. "Wearing these gloves, you can draw, type on a virtual keyboard, and even shoot webs like Spider Man." Sure enough, we can see him doing the Spidey-web-ejecting motion.

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We can also see a lot of sensors around him, and what appears to be a wireless Rift that suggests he's wearing the Santa Cruz headset we tried last year. Hopefully, these gloves won't remain a prototype for too long. Bringing our digits properly into VR feels inevitable, and some other companies, such as Leap Motion, are already finding ways to do it.

But it's also a huge technical challenge and we're yet to see a solution from anyone that's really convincing. At last year's Steam Dev Days, Valve showed off a new version of its Vive controller that would allow you to open your hands and have that motion tracked, but tracking individual fingers is going to be a lot more tricky in these high-end, room-scale systems.

Among the other photos was one of Oculus's new, rather neat-looking anechoic chamber, where it will be performing sound experiments. Check it out.


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