California-based BioInteractive Technologies Inc has announced that two of its flagship VR wristbands are being tested for use by NASA.
The space agency is looking at the potential for integrating TENZR wristbands into its training programmes.
The Nasa VRLab is an immersive training facility that uses real-time graphics and motion sensors to train budding astronauts for the experience of working in a low or zero gravity environment.
The TENZR wristbands use custom sensors in the strap to detect and measure hand gestures, features which NASA thinks may be applicable for hands and camera-free controls.
Natural hands-free gesture recognition
One of the key features of the TENZR wristbands is the fact that they weigh only 45 grams. This frees the users to freely use their hand with no restriction of mobility.
There is UNITY3D compatibility means that it can be used on most VR platform.
“We are very excited that our TENZR prototypes at NASA’s VRLab could change the way astronauts interact with the virtual space environment,” said company CEO Lukas-Karim Merhi.
“Great strides are being made in the fields of Human Computer Interaction, and Natural Control. We believe that our natural, hands-free gesture recognition technology will take the field forward and will complement existing technologies like voice recognition and camera-based systems.”
The company is currently developing solutions for home automation and healthcare based on the same core technology. The HABIT4 will allow users to control appliances in their home using wearable wristbands, while GRASP hopes to help stroke survivors rehabilitate.