Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced significant improvements to his presence platformQuest’s Hand Tracking technology in Quest VR headsets. This will allow for better hand tracking, gesture recognition, and overall performance without the need for VR controllers in your metaverse.
“In the metaverse, your hands will move as naturally as they do in the physical world. Our Presence Platform’s hand tracking technology continues to improve to support more gestures, tracking continuity and rapid movement,” said Zuckerberg.
Meta has released a series of videos showcasing the revised technology, known as Hands 2.0. The best example is this Comparison of the Hand Physics Laboratory showing someone doing various virtual tasks like playing with blocks or punching a doll without using controllers with surprisingly good accuracy.
One of the biggest obstacles these days with this controller-less technology is how often the headset loses control of your hands, which interrupts your immersion in whatever game you’re playing in VR. Heck, we’ve also seen this happen with real VR controllers, forcing you to stop and calibrate them in the middle of a virtual laser tag game with your friends.
The update is said to be better tracking continuityso when you’re playing around in the metaverse, you don’t have to worry about seeing your hands shaking in real time because the headset has lost sight of them.
Zuckerberg explains how Hand Tracking 2.0 enables faster hand movements and more accurate typing in games like Offline: Air Guitar. “Developers can now integrate more responsive hands into apps. For example, the Unplugged guitar app will support faster riffs and more notes to make playing in VR more realistic.”
The most impressive thing about this update is the difference in detection of finger movements it’s night and day. Sure, the videos of people playing air guitar and solving cube puzzles are cool; we’ll have to try it out ourselves to see the improvements.
A preview of Hands 2.0 is already in the hands of the developers. You can expect to see updates for some gaming apps on Quest soon.