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Thwip! Zuck plays Spider-Man with VR glovesOculus is testing the future of virtual reality gloves, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg shows off what's being developed at the company's lab. But is it just to deflect recent bad news?
Are these the virtual reality gloves of the future? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg shared some behind the scenes photos of the Oculus research lab in Redmond, Washington, which Facebook owns. And among the photos we see Zuckerberg wearing gloves that work in virtual reality. He wrote that he was able to shoot web from his wrist just like Spider-Man. But it wasn't all just whipping around. He also said the gloves let him type on a virtual keyboard So why is Zuckerberg showing off new VR gloves in a Facebook post about his little Oculus field trip? Maybe because the day before, the tech news world was flooded with headlines about how interest in Oculus VR may be in In trouble Facebook is shutting down hundreds of Oculus Rift demo stations and Best Buy stores across the United States. The Oculus team says it's due to seasonal changes but a Business Insider report pins it on a lack of consumer interest with some stores going days without anyone trying out the headset. Seeing your hands in virtual worlds would be the next big leap that would get people excited about virtual reality. Right now, everyone has to use game controllers. Occulus has been working on getting your hands in the VR world for some time now. It acquired the hand The hand-tracking company, Pebbles Interface, back in 2015. That technology could be what's incorporated into the gloves that Zuckerberg was wearing. I'm Bridget Carey and you can stay plugged into all the news in this world and the virtual world at cnet.com.