Manus VR Gloves Setup

For more information on using the Manus VR Gloves with Vizard, see the following Vizard documentation page:

Vizconnect files:

Manus gloves with Vivetrackers and articulated glove models

(this is a default setup that is most commonly used)

Note that at times the offset may need to be changed for the hand. This is usually the “pre pitch” and might need to be set to “90” or “0”. This can be accessed by opening the vizconnect file, clicking on “go directly to advanced options”, then on the “trackers” tab clicking on the “offsets” button

Steps to get running:

  1. Plug in USB dongle

  2. Turn on gloves by inserting the micro USB cable from the thumb orientation sensor into the USB port in the casing on top of the glove(make sure connector is charged). Note: If they are not plugged in, Vizard will display an error message.

  3. Let glove lie flat for 30 seconds to reset the IMU

  4. Run Apollo.exe to calibrate and check data

  5. To calibrate, press the calibrate button and follow the prompts

 

Batteries will last up to 3-6 hours when fully charged

When you receive your Manus VR Gloves they are already paired with the provided dongle. You only need to calibrate them. At the start, you’ll have to do this more often, because the sensors still need to settle. Just like a guitar string needs to be tuned more often at the start. The sensor will become more stable over time. It is highly recommend to re-calibrate when switching users.

Turning a glove off

  1. Pull the micro USB connector from the thumb orientation sensor out of the USB port in the casing on top of the glove.

  2. Wait for the LED to flash red once.

  3. The glove is turned off.

 

Restarting a glove

  1. Pull the micro USB connector from the thumb orientation sensor out of the USB port in the casing on top of the glove.

  2. Wait for the LED to flash red once.

  3. Turn on the gloves by inserting the micro USB cable from the thumb orientation sensor into the USB port in the casing on top of the glove.

  4. The glove has been restarted.

To use the Manus gloves with a vivetracker (most common method), select the “HTC Vive” preset in vizconnect, and then swap out the two hand controllers with Vivetrackers. Next, add “Manus VR” as an input. Lastly, you can map gestures in the Avatar tab to the Manus glove and then, under the tools tab, map the Manus gestures to initiate tool actions (such as a grab). Or use the sample vizconnect file provided.

If using Vivetrackers, it is recommended to use Straps by Trackstrap and attach the vivetrackers to the top of your hand

 Link to Trackstraps https://rebuffreality.com/products/trackstrap

To use the Manus gloves with a glove model with articulated fingers this code is added to the postinit section of your vizconnect file :  

If you want to track the fingers from one of the avatars included with Vizard, you can use this code:

Accessing the vibration motor:

sensor = manus.getGloveList()[1] sensor.setVibration(0.3)

 

Physics Based Interactions (Note: this is largely untested and may have some issues)

 

For physics based interactions, you can use this vizconnect file that has collideboxes attached to each hand bone. Feel free to make your own vizconnect file if you wish to use another hand model by using the following code for each bone you want to add a collision box to: