This Gesture Bright LED reactive glove is beautiful in its simplicity and allows someone to communicate with a small movement of fingers. Think of this as a streamline way to talk with your hands. It was created by Jesse Kilpatrick as part of the Wearable Technology course at the School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington. Each set of movements creates a different color, and Jesse foresees this technology being used for night driving.
This project most likely uses an Arduino microcontroller with flex sensors in the fingers to control the LED strips. We’ve seen a similar glove used for raves that was less complicated, using an Arduino and accelerometer. These projects are a good example of how similar designs can respond to different functions—one creates a signal for safety while the other reacts to movement for entertainment. I’ve often talked with students that were not interested in creating projects that have already been done, but there is always the possibility of making an improvement in the fabrication or creating a different use. So, don’t discount an idea; if you find yourself liking a design, stick with it and work out a way to make it your own. Sometimes white papers on new technologies read like family trees when it comes to patents—you can see how one invention gives birth to many new uses. So, if you like these gloves, get some Neopixel Strips and have fun inventing. Just make sure you send us a video of what you create.
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