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Something that has been tried and shown before is the ‘gaming glove’. While many of us have remained a little skeptical about how well a product like this can work, Peregrine kept at it and finally finished the product after five years in 2009.
The Peregrine gaming glove works by using eighteen programmable touch points and three activator pads in the glove, which enables the user to utilize over thirty programmable actions. All you have to do to enable these functions is simply touch your fingertips with your thumbs.
To ensure you do not need to remove your glove every time your phone rings, or someone knocks at your door, Peregrine has designed a magnetic break-away pod that removes easily and allows you to leave your computer with no fuss. When you come back to your game, you simply snap it back in to place. Better yet, Peregrine has made sure that the touch points are tough enough to withstand military use, while the glove can be re-calibrated to suit your individual hand size.
Some people will be wondering just how dirty and smelly this glove might get after a long gaming session, and this too has been addressed by Peregrine. The glove itself, which is derived from a golfing glove, has ventilated cool spots in specific key locations to ensure that your hand doesn’t sweat too much, and the glove can be hand washed too – even with the gold-plated contacts built-in to the back of the glove for the pod.
We were very impressed with the Peregrine, but had our concerns about how easy the glove was to use. Trevor Reesnor, who was demonstrating the product, said that it took around ten minutes to learn how to use the glove for most games, but for something like World of Warcraft (which he was playing at the time), it took him around half an hour. If that is the case, then we can expect this gaming peripheral to be hugely popular for WoW and RTS games, particularly with Starcraft 2 hopefully hitting shelves before the summer. The Peregrine also has huge potential for the photo and video editing markets too, while typing with the glove on is meant to be very easy too.
The glove is available in three sizes (small, medium, large) and will retail for $149.99, though a pre-order that lasts until the end of January 2010 has a $20 discount on that price. Pre-orders are being delivered before the end of January, and as a bonus, are being provided with a ‘First-Edition Kit’, which includes changeable face-plates for the magnetic pod and a certificate of authenticity.
The Evil Geniuses gaming team have apparently been using this glove in tournaments and it has had some fantastic feedback. Peregrine are also likely to be developing a version for the console market in the future too, so nobody will be left behind. The video below shows Trevor Reesnor talking to OCC about the glove and showing just how easy it is to use while playing World of Warcraft.