The VR industry has been booming lately. The announcements of new helmets are multiplying at the end of the year, and we have a feeling that this is only the beginning. Microsoft Research has just unveiled a prototype VR controller capable of changing shape depending on the context. The X-Rings is packed with capacitive sensors capable of recognizing the exact position of each finger, and its external structure can be modified to match the shape of the objects that will be captured in the virtual world! The device is also sensitive to pressure levels, and can communicate this information in the VR space (when pressing a virtual orange for example).
The published results are frankly spectacular, but one can unfortunately doubt that such an accessory can be marketed in the near future. It is all the less likely to tell the truth that Microsoft still does not seem in a hurry to release its own VR headset.