Exiii Raises $750k for Haptic Force Feedback VR Gloves

Japan-based startup Exiii has acquired new funding to expand its research, development, and sales efforts.

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The primary attribute inherent to the most highly rated VR experiences is immersion. The notion of being engulfed in a virtual reality world requires the user to forget that they're standing or sitting around their own living rooms or bedrooms, meaning the best virtual experiences are those that can draw all of the senses together coherently. That's why Japanese startup Exiii has been working on two distinct sets of new haptic VR gloves — to combine visuals together with touch in order to create a new level of immersion. The development seems to be going well, too, as the company has recently announced that it's raised $750,000 dollars to fund continued research and development as well as expand its crew and sales efforts.

According to a report from Road to VR, the funding, which should go to support both the Exos Wrist and Exos Gripper gloves, came via Japanese VC firm Global Brain. Reported plans involve using the money primarily to expand the research and development team, with Exiii currently hiring for a number of different positions with the company.

Though the company has already created development kit editions of both gloves — the likes of which make use of Unity SDK integration — Exiii is still also seeking to expand more into the sales side of the business. The Wrist and Gripper haptic gloves are apparently both intended for entertainment purposes, but enterprise uses aren't out of the question. For now, it doesn't appear that the company is aiming the gloves at base-level VR consumers, though such an action certainly isn't out of the question.

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