Apple Pencil Clone to be Made Available to Virtual Reality Designers

Despite the ongoing struggle VR faces, investors are keen to throw money at new ideas. Massless, a VR startup, successfully raised $2m in funding. Their goal is to bring Apple Pencil functionality to virtual reality. This will be of great interest to content creators who mainly focus on creativity.

Apple Pencil Features in Virtual Reality

Designers and engineers can benefit tremendously from virtual reality technology. This will only be made possible one a higher degree of precision and simplicity is achieved. To do so, Massless has come up with its own proprietary product. Known as the Massless Pen, it is quite similar to the Apple Pencil. This professional stylus has multiple features like deep pressure sensing and haptic feedback for users to play around with.

What makes this gadget intriguing is how users interact with it. The purpose is to manipulate the space in front of the user while they wear a VR headset. Within the Massless Pen, there is a 6DoF VR controller which can unlock new potential use cases. The built-in tracking system can be used in conjunction with one’s VR headset’s hardware trackers.

Although the product seems to cater mainly to virtual reality-oriented professional, that is not necessarily the case. The Pen can also be used with standard graphics tablets or controlling 3D software on a monitor. It is commendable to see the company not just focus on the niche industry which is VR. Moreover, it also provides creators with another powerful alternative to the Apple Pencil.

Now that the company has successfully raised $2m in funding, the Massless Pen will be brought to market fairly soon. Additionally, the company will expand its team. No official release date for the product has been announced as of yet. It will remain a business-oriented product first and foremost, although consumers can also get their hands on the pen when it comes to market. How much the item will cost, remains up in the air at this time.

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By JP Buntinx

JP Buntinx is a FinTech, VR, and Bitcoin enthusiast living in Belgium.