When You Want to Be Like Ironman With Duct Tape #WearableWednesday #Arduino #DIY #STEM
People of all ages love Ironman and the idea of controlling robots with hand gestures seems like an expensive dream. However, this glove spotted on Hackaday uses inexpensive materials, making it perfect for STEM classes. This project by StudentBuilds uses an Arduino Uno, resistors and LEDs, but the real fun happens with the DIY sensors. While most gloves utilize flex sensors for the fingers, this one combines layers of aluminum foil and paper covered with carbon pencil scribble. Now that’s what I call using what you have on hand!
This is part one of the project and StudentBuilds will be back soon with the next phase, which is creating the robotic arm that will be controlled with the glove. In the meantime, you should check out our learning guide for a Minecraft Gesture Control Glove. You can enhance your gaming experience by combining a Circuit Playground Express microcontroller and a glove hacked with conductive fabric. Just be careful when attacking monsters and other evil moving things–just like Ironman things don’t always go as planned! Are you working on a glove? Send us a video so we can see your superpowers.
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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, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, 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.
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