How to Build a Simple Gesture Control Glove #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #tech #DIY
This looks like an ordinary disposable glove, but thanks to some DIY magic it has become a gesture glove. It’s inspired by the gesture controlled interface in Ironman, which was created by John Underkoffler. A post on Hackaday explains this proof of concept by maker B. Aswinth Raj.
The project uses an Arduino on the glove and Processing on the PC. The PC has a webcam which tracks the hand motion and the glove has two Hall effect sensors to simulate mouse clicks. Bluetooth links the glove and the PC.
An interesting aspect of this project is having to isolate a color for the Processing to track, which in this case is the blue disk mounted on the palm of the glove. When everything is calibrated the wearer can click on screens and even do some simplistic drawing.
I have to admit that I had not heard of Hall Effect Sensors until finding this project. Apparently they react to a magnet, which in this case was mounted on the thumb of the glove. It just so happens we carry Hall Effect Sensors in our shop, so you can create your own gesture control accessory. What movement would you like to use to create magic on the screen?
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.