Imagine being able to control your PC with a simple wand. Well, don’t rush, we’re not talking about a magical wand. Microsoft recently patented an augmented reality wand that you could use to control your PC, Xbox One and HoloLens.
Microsoft’s augmented reality wand
The design of the wand is a mix between a magical wand and a gun. It has buttons, a trigger, and a finger guard. Although there is not much information available about this wand, we dare say that Microsoft could integrate it into Mixed Reality headsets next year.
As a quick reminder, the company is already working at full speed with various hardware manufacturers to make VR afforable to the general public. This year’s holiday season will be dominated by a series of new VR headsets. Taking into account this trend, Microsoft will definitely want to spice things up and add new VR and augmented reality accessories to the table.
Traditional external sensors are not very practical. Moreover, users often experience various accuracy issues. Microsoft’s augmented reality wand could fix all these problems, allowing users to quickly and easily control their devices with a simple and reliable tool.
Augmented reality wands to replace gaming controllers?
It’s clear that the current trend in the gaming industry is AR an VR. There are already many VR and AR games available on the market and their number will only increase in the coming years. At the moment, AR and VR gaming equipment is quite heavy, but we’re sure that hardware manufacturers will build smaller and more flexible gaming gear in the future.
As a result, we wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft’s AR wand replaces traditional game controllers. Currently, the Oculus Touch is the best controller for VR games. It’s small, reliable and powerful. However, if Microsoft decides to launch this AR wand, it may become very popular in the future thanks to its ergonomic design. We’ll just have to wait and see how things evolve.
What do think about Microsoft’s AR wand? Would you buy such a device?
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