Something that really caught our eye at CES last week is Iron Will Innovations’ gaming glove, The Peregrine. The Peregrine has 18 touch points and 3 activator pads that allow for over 30 programmable actions. Players map hotkeys to the pad, which eliminates having to look down at the keyboard for every command. Touching an activator pad – which are located on the thumb and palm – to a touch point triggers the command. Two of the activator pads are on the thumb; the other is on the palm.
As games become increasingly complex, the number of commands mapped to controllers and keyboards is multiplying. The Peregrine could be especially effective for console gaming, as the number of buttons you can map commands to is limited. Iron Will says the the glove is most effective for RTS games (Real Time Strategy) and MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games), which have a ton of hot keys.
The glove certainly would have made Dragon Age: Origins -- which they used to demo The Peregrine at CES -- a lot easier to navigate (as would an isometric view for the console version, but I digress).
While the Peregrine is made for PC gaming, if technology like this became mainstream, it could really open up console gaming, as a console’s controller has only a limited number of mappable buttons.
The Peregrine was designed by Brent Baier, a computer programmer who had just finished college. Baier created the product in his apartment in Alberta, Canada.
“I worked in my little apartment night and day just trying to perfect this crazy idea, holding my breath as I tapped my fingers together and watched things happen on-screen at the slightest movement of my hand,”Baier said. “It was magic.”
Pu Liu of the pro gaming team Evil Geniuses says that the glove has shaved a quarter to a half-second off his gaming time.
"No looking down for the keys,” Liu said. “I just use muscle memory.”
Billed as a “keyboard on your hand,” The Peregrine can be used for non-gaming purposes as well, and could be beneficial in reducing hand and wrist injuries associate with computing.