data glove definition hardware, virtual reality
An input device for virtual reality
in the form of a glove which measures the movements of the wearer's fingers and transmits them to the computer. Sophisticated data gloves also measure movement of the wrist and elbow. A data glove may also contain control buttons or act as an output device, e.g. vibrating under control of the computer. The user usually sees a virtual image of the data glove and can point or grip and push objects.
Examples are Fifth Dimension Technologies
(5DT)'s 5th Glove
, and Virtual Technologies' CyberGlove
. A cheaper alternative is InWorld VR
["Full freedom plus input", PC Magazine, Mar 14 1995, pp. 168-190].