Consumer Peripherals

Award-Winning Data Glove at CES 2019

20 December 2018
Forte Wireless Data Glove. Source: BeBop Sensors

BeBop Sensors Inc., a smart fabric sensor technology provider, will demonstrate the Forte wireless data glove at CES 2019. The glove, which incorporates haptics and rapid sensing, was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 2018 Best Inventions of the Year. Applications include wearables, industrial, human factors, sports, automotive, medical, military, outdoor wear, virtual reality, gaming, musical instruments and more.

According to company founder and CEO Keith McMillen, the comfortable and affordable glove is the first practical hand tracking system that can accurately sense finger movements and rapidly send tactile feedback to the fingertips.

Other features of the glove include:

  • Sensor speeds at 500 Hz
  • Data rates at 150 frames per second, eliminating lag for near-instantaneous response times
  • Ten smart fabric bend sensors located above each knuckle, with bend accuracy and repeatability at +/- 1.5°
  • Nine-degree inertial measurement units (IMU) for low drift, reliable pre-blended accelerometer and gyro sensor data
  • Six actuators, located on four fingertips, thumb and palm
  • Up to 64 unique resident haptic sound files; new files can be rapidly uploaded over Bluetooth or Micro USB
  • Internal lithium battery charged by Micro USB connector; two-hour charge yields 15-hour battery life

BeBop will be located at booth No. 50908 at the Sands, Eureka Park, during CES 2019. The show runs Jan. 8 to 11, 2019, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Read Electronics360's exclusive interviews with Keith McMillen:

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