Literally "Hands On" Virtual 3D Reality!

Robert Wang, a student of MIT, has developed a wonderful new way of utilising virtual reality! The unconventional looking gloves allow new possibilities for 3D modeling: you can pick-up and rotate objects with your hands just like in real life. See also FastCompany's article on the innovation.

I started pondering over possible real life applications for this - other than the OBVIOUS: kids with building blocks, which will not be left lying on the floor with the sharp corner pointing towards the unsuspecting sole of your foot.. How about the surgeons practicing for an operation in virtual reality? Or hairdressers learning to make festive hairdos without the partygoers having to sit through the practise sessions?

See the video on this innovation with a simple example of how these "magical" gloves work.

And what if you combine this technology with Planar's 3D Stereoscopic monitors..? Wouldn't that even further advance the user's experience of a virtual reality?