Meta Acquired Haptics Startup Lofelt to Improve Virtual Reality Tech

The idea of touching virtual objects has come a little closer.

Meta has acquired Lofelt – a startup that works on the technology aiming to replicate the illusion of touch in virtual reality.

"We’re excited that members of the Lofelt team have joined Meta," a Meta spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal. This is not a fresh decision as a June financial report describes Meta as Lofelt’s sole shareholder, and Lofelt announced it was "embarking on a new adventure" and sunsetting its products starting from July 7. Lofelt had raised around 10 million euros (about $10 million) in funding and had a team of about 25 employees. 

Meta had talked about enriching the VR experience further with haptics before:

"I think that there will be opportunities to wear things to augment the experience further," Mark Zuckerberg said. "We’ve already had this experiment with haptic gloves where you can, if you touch a digital object, if you drop the ball from one hand to the other, you can feel the ball in your hand physically. And that’s pretty cool."

So far, it's hard to say what future VR will see with this new acquisition. Read the statement here and don't forget to join our Reddit page and our Telegram channel, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, where we share breakdowns, the latest news, awesome artworks, and more. 

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