HTC has been granted a patent for a glove with a processor-controlled braking system. The glove includes a shape memory alloy element, elastic element, control wire, and magnetic sensor for enhanced functionality. The innovative design aims to improve user experience and safety during various activities. GlobalData’s report on HTC gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on HTC, Immersive gaming controllers was a key innovation area identified from patents. HTC's grant share as of January 2024 was 73%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Smart glove with shape memory alloy element for braking control

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: HTC Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11874964B1) describes a unique glove design that includes various innovative features. The glove comprises a body for wearing on a user's hand, with components such as a hand-back base, fingertip base, elastic element, control wire, shape memory alloy element, braking element, processor, magnetic sensor, and magnet. The processor is responsible for electronically controlling the shape memory alloy element to activate the braking element, thereby braking the control wire. Additionally, the glove may include knuckle bases, a tracker, a tracking signal transmitter, and the ability for the processor to receive position and size information of a virtual object.

Furthermore, the glove design outlined in the patent includes specific configurations such as the placement of the magnet at one end of the elastic element connected to the control wire, the inclusion of knuckle bases on multiple knuckles of the body, and the presence of a tracker and tracking signal transmitter on the body. The processor's capability to receive position and size information of a virtual object adds a layer of functionality to the glove, potentially expanding its use beyond traditional hand protection. Overall, the patent highlights a novel glove design with advanced technological features that could have applications in various fields, including virtual reality, sports, and healthcare.

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