MANUS VR GLOVES and PILLOW’S WILLOW, LITERALLY HANDS ON
Tom’s Hardware had a chance to try out a more extensive use of the gloves and also chat with Manus VR CEO, Stephan van den Brink, and CTO, Maarten Wittenveen during E3 last week. There were two demonstrations, starting with Pillow’s Willow, from Pillow Willow Game Studio. In this delightful puzzle game, first demonstrated at GDC in March, you get to help an orphan through a dream world, lighting her way by placing fireflies in lanterns, lowering a bridge, playing a magic tune on the piano, and so on. Each of these actions are aided by more precise gestures, like gently pinching the firefly between thumb and forefinger. The visual experience is compelling, as is the game, which will evolve to be much more in depth, with plenty of episodes and new, more difficult challenges.
Both the HTC Vive and Oculus Touch controllers require very little direction, both feel like natural extensions of your hand, and both introduce fantastic new gesture opportunities into VR gaming. But Manus VR continues its work to make your hands the controller, with its VR gloves, under development and making their way toward final developer kit versions later this year.