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Essential Reality P5 Gaming Glove

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  • Lightweight, ergonomic design for easy, intuitive play. Weighs just 4.5 oz.
  • The first widely available virtual 3D controller
  • Mouse-mode compatible with any application
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Essential Reality
  • Model: P5GLOVE
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Hardware Platform: Pc

Product Details

Product Manual [1.94mb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00007JNFE
  • Item model number: P5GLOVE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 10, 2002

Product Description

Lightweight, ergonomic design for easy, intuitive play. Weighs just 4.5 oz. The first widely available virtual 3D controller. Mouse-mode compatible with any application

Customer Reviews

Buy a Nostromo N50 instead!
Jake
With this "invisible pad", you can't, and find yourself straying off to the sides or top or bottom quite a lot.
Radek Michalik
Drivers do not work on Windows 7.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beardain on September 16, 2007
Yes, the P5 out of the box has its shortcommings. It is eratic on all 6 degrees of freedom and not very usefull with games or any software for that matter. I have honestly never got the thumb bend sensor to work. The thumb sensor wouldn't be all that usefull anyways due to the fact that the thumb is 3d and not 2d so you would need 2 bend sensors. Oh, the finger sensors are not based on fiber optics but a technique that detects deformation of a metal strip. The "0,0,0" position is the center of the base station. The FPS, ie update rate, of the glove is only around 15-30 FPS...but look at what they have in the "high tech" labs. There rates are down around 5-7 FPS back when the P5 came out.

GOOD NEWS!!!
The P5 drivers have been open sourced. Not usefull for the average user but there are people out there, like myself, that are making changes to the code. Simply download the latest driver from the group shown below and replace the existing and your good to go.

These changes add filters to the 6 degrees of freedom to prevent the jitters. The changes also prevent the random mouse movement when outside the "mouse pad." There is also a program called Programmable Input Emulator (P.I.E.) that allows you to map movements to actions. This allows you to bind your pointer finger to the key that fires your gun... PIE allows you to bind almost any periferal to any other. ie, Link the up arrow to scroll the mouse up. Macros are also handled...wave your hand and have a complex move be performed automaticaly. Also in PIE is Voice to Action and Text to Speech.

This and more info is available free at the yahoo group "P5GLOVE".
The P5 might not be sold in stores anymore but it is far from dead.

...Oh, Don't buy a Nostromo N50...get a Nostromo N52...much better for games ;)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Radek Michalik on September 10, 2005
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When I bought this, I made a deal with myself: I know that since it went off the market, it can't be an incredible product, so if I buy it, I shouldn't blame myself if I spent $20 on something I may never use again. Making this deal was worth it.

The glove is an interesting device. It fits your hand very well and everything is pretty well thought-out (finger movements, certain clicking combinations, etc.) The problem is in the execution. You need to keep your hand within a certain distance from the receiver, or the signal gets messy and the mouse pointer on the screen starts going nuts. Think of it as a mouse pad in the air. You move off the mouse pad, and the signal becomes erratic. Problem is, with the real mousepad, you can see its boundaries. With this "invisible pad", you can't, and find yourself straying off to the sides or top or bottom quite a lot. I suppose with a lot more practice, I could become as proficient at it as I am with the mouse, but since I've had many years of practice with the mouse... I'll stick to that, and use the glove if I feel wacky.

Conclusion: Its original going price of over $100 was ridiculous. For $20, it's a fun little toy that you may be able to make use of. Or maybe not. Just don't expect to be able to do magic with it right out of the box.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jake on July 6, 2003
I bought this product about 3 months ago looking for impressive ways to persue the never ending quest to be the badded mofo of FPS shooters. Turns out that this thing is a hunk of junk! It's really hard to get it the glove movement to coorespond with the game or mouse in windows, it isn't comfortable for people with big hands like myself, and it is difficult to use in any type of light. Like the previous person that wrote a review, my p5 glove has been sitting on the shelf in my closet. I played around with it for 2 weeks to get it to work the way they advertised it. It just isn't worth the money! Buy a Nostromo N50 instead!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arctic Blue on February 16, 2006
I bought this with doubts, and they proved to be well founded. While not an unpleasant experience it was difficult to get this to work right. It came with Hitman so I wasn't to mad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raymond rose on June 21, 2014
Very good low cost VR glove for gaming, VR therapy, and other applications. Has a mouse emulation and also when using glovepie can be highly configurable.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2004
I'm almost posative the guy who wrote the first reveiw for this works for the company, there is no way this peice of rubbish can be compared to the miraculous peice of equipment in the first review.
Its very uncomfortable to wear and you can't adjust it for size at all, it struggles to work in almost all light conditions, in FPS its horribly jumpy and slow to respond to your movments and shots.
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For those who remember the Nintendo Power Glove, this is essentially the same type of device that works with a regular computer via USB and is compatible with a wider range of software. A decade after it was introduced it is still ultimately a novelty with limited practical value as an input device or research tool.
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