Japan’s H2L unveils haptic wearable controller UnlimitedHand on Kickstarter

Japan’s H2L unveils haptic wearable controller UnlimitedHand on Kickstarter

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Tokyo-based H2L, a Japanese hardware startup spun off from the University of Tokyo, today announced a haptic game controller called UnlimitedHand at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 and launched a Kickstarter campaign this morning.

H2L CEO Kenichiro Iwasaki delivers a pitch at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015.
H2L CEO Kenichiro Iwasaki delivers a pitch at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015.

With a bandage-like device having motion sensor and muscle displacement sensor around the arm, the UnlimitedHand controller allows users to input their hand motions into a game. The device has a functional electrical stimulator that gives users a virtual touch, allowing users to “feel” the impact or the touch of a character in a game.

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Virtual reality games integrating head-mounted displays have been attracting gamers. By integrating with these devices, the UnliitedHand controller gives users a unique experience as seen in the video above.

H2L is exhibiting the product at TechCrunch Disurpt SF 2015, which is taking place today to Wednesday in San Francisco. They started fundraising via the Kickstarter campaign, planning to provide the UnlimitedHand device to gaming companies, gaming developers, and game users.

The product is available $188 to $248 through pre-orders. They will integrate with more content and gaming titles leveraging virtual or augmented reality technologies.

Translated by Masaru Ikeda
Edited by Kurt Hanson