Last week I was excited as Michael Joseph gave a preview of his _Ironman_ inspired DIY blaster glove. This week he made it a point to update me with his video finale, including a tutorial for the build. In my original post I made some guesses on parts and turns out there are some surprises and additions. First, the Arduino of choice is an Arduino Uno with a protoboard hat. In the “secrets” category is a dismantled LED flashlight with reflector (the cool thing in the center of the Neopixel ring!). The additions are the gadgets on top of the glove, adding dual functionality to this already powerful accessory. I’ll let the video give it away—brace yourself for this fully operational mega glove!
I’m loving all the additional lights and the precise movement of the flex sensor for controlling the two functions. Michael offers some smart tips for handling the fragile flex sensor, including wrapping it in electrical tape for protection. Other solid moves include wrangling wires with velcro, as well as adding strain relief with glue and careful coiling. In this case, practice makes perfect and it’s well worth the wait. The funniest part of this project is that Michael set up the premise of the build as a Halloween costume for his son. However, from the words on his blog:
The single most useless and awesome thing I have ever personally created.
…I’m pretty stoked with the way it turned out, you know, “for my son.” 🙂
Hey, Michael, all I have to say is, “if the glove fits, wear it.” Have fun protecting the candy bowls this Halloween and thanks for making your project open source. For our fans, here’s the Neopixel ring you need to get started with this project. Go crazy!
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