There have been all sorts of video game
controllers created over the years, but most PC gamers still rely on their
keyboard. It’s capable of putting dozens of commands
right at your fingertips. But the latest input device trying to crack the
PC gaming market just might be good enough to win over some keyboard
traditionalists. This is Peregrine, a gaming glove that’s
actually fast enough for serious gamers. Instead of having to reach across the keyboard to hit awkardly placed hotkeys sometimes, I instead have intuitive, short movements- travel time reduced, accuracy 100%.
I mean, I could do this all day long with my eyes closed, I’m never going to miss it. The washable glove is pretty low tech. It’s laced with simple conductors that
can be connected together in a variety of hand movements. There three contact pads: One on the palm of the hand, and two on the thumb. Touch any of the eighteen finger points
to a contact pad, and the glove sends a unique action to the game. Included software lets you calibrate and
program the results of each touch. So for the tip of the finger I have it clicked here and it shows all the hotkeys I have set up for the tip of my finger. If I want to touch the meat of the thumb one, I can go ahead and bind these. I currently have it blank, but you know, if you want to set one up.
Though the developers say that the glove could be configured for typing or design projects, it’s really designed for games that
require lots of hotkeys: Games like Heros of Newerth, Defense of the Ancients
or World of Warcraft. So I have all my character’s different spells,
her leap ability I have bound to my finger and my thumb; contact pad pressing for arrow ability bound to there; Star Fall- just all my different skills accessible. So is it hard to remember all the hand
positions? Not for Cyrus. He says it only took a few hours to master
the glove on one of his favorite games, Warcraft 3.
Some people came up, fans of the
game that were skeptics and they sat down one of the other pro gamers, had him use the keyboard,
me using the glove and we went one-versus-one, and in the end I
wound up beating him I’m not saying it was because of the glove, but it shows that I was able to take all of my skill and transfer it over, and use it more comfortably, for sure, as well.
So far the company’s only developed a A left-hand glove for PCs which leaves the right hand free
to control a mouse. But both a right-handed version and a
Mac-compatible glove are in the works. The glove is priced at $150,
but some players might find it worth the cost. In a pro-gaming situation, a quarter-of-a-second difference could be
the difference between life and death so, to me, I find it very valuable. For IEEE Spectrum, this is Josh Romero.