Meta is being accused of copying technology used in Virtual Reality gloves from HaptX
The company responsible for Facebook, Meta, announced this Tuesday, the 16th, that it has started to develop gloves with haptic feedback, which can provide a sense of touch in Virtual Reality experiences.
While exciting for a company that has already admitted to focusing on metaverse development, this Meta project is reportedly very similar to that of a company called HaptX. Speaking to GeekWire, CEO Jake Rubin noted that the Meta glove “appears to be substantively identical to HaptX’s patented technology.”
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Rubin pointed out the Meta glove’s materials and architecture as very similar to those used by HaptX.
“We welcome interest and competition in the field of microfluidic haptics; however, competition must be fair for the industry to thrive”, noted Rubin, indicating that his company was not contacted by Meta.
“While we have not yet heard from Meta, we look forward to working with them to reach a fair and equitable arrangement that addresses our concerns and enables them to incorporate our innovative technology into their future consumer products.”