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While virtual reality can give you the feeling you're in a war zone fighting for your life, complete with 360 degree immersive video and surround sound, you're likely still holding a game controller in your hand instead of a gun.

Yes, game accessory makers can create a fake gun for you to use as a controller, but that will limit you to only using a gun in game. No switching to a knife or a grenade, using a medpak or guiding a drone into enemy territory for vision.

Enter the Dexmo exoskeleton gloves from Chinese start up Dexta Robotics. Each one of the fingers in the gloves is equipped with a pressured sensor, which means you'll be able to feel the gun you're holding; including cocking back the hammer and pulling the trigger as well as the recoil, similar to vibration feedback in current console controllers.

The wireless accessory will physically pull back your fingers in the shape of the virtual object you're grasping. It can also modify how much force it uses to simulate stiffness to reinforce the idea that you are grabbing a rock or a rubber ball.

That's the good news. The not so good news is that the Dexmo is not available to consumers yet. Dexta Robotics is looking for a VR game developer to partner with to bring it to market.

Until then, gamers have the Manus VR glove to look forward to this later this year. Compatible with the HTC Vive VR headset, these gloves track your hand movements in real time.

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