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Trying the Rink, a way to use your hands in Samsung's virtual reality (pictures)

This amazing Samsung prototype could make affordable virtual reality far more immersive.

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Rink motion controller for VR

The Rink wireless controllers can let you put your hands into virtual worlds.

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Rink motion controller for VR

The prototype, built by six Samsung engineers who met in a hackathon, consists of two wireless controllers and a miniature base station that fits on top of a Samsung Gear VR. The engineers doesn't know when they might ship or what they might cost, or even if they'll become an official Samsung product or get rolled out as their own company.

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The base station generates an electromagnetic field, and these two controllers receive signals that tell them where they are in relation to the headset.

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They fit on your hands kind of like brass knuckles, sliding on easily.

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Each controller has infrared sensors under your fingers and thumb, so you can wiggle them in the virtual worlds and games can see when you try to grasp.

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Here's a side view of the controller.

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A closer look at the base station.

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The back of the base station.

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Here I am using the Rink in a Iron Man like game where I'm flying above the ocean, shooting bolts out of my hands. The controllers disconnected a few times when I was playing, so clearly there are some kinks to work out.

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Rink motion controller for VR

Here I am using the Rink in a Iron Man like game where I'm flying above the ocean, shooting bolts out of my hands. The controllers disconnected a few times when I was playing, so clearly there are some kinks to work out.

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Tony Stark has nothing on me.

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