Open hardware wearable glove
- Golf glove
- Hot glue, hot glue gun
- Electric tape
- Solder, soldering gun
- Adafruit Flora
- Five (5) Adafruit Flora 9 DOF sensors
- Adafruit I2C multiplexer
- USB cable
- Adafruit Perma-proto quarter-sized (or half-sized) breadboard
- Adafruit Premium male/male jumper wires
- Hookup wire
Use a multimeter to test your solder joints along the way. There is a lot of soldering to do.
- Mount the I2C mux to the breadboard.
- Mount the Flora to the breadboard. In the first prototype I have it floating above the mux via hookup wire.
- Wire the Flora to the I2C mux: VIN, GND, SDA, SCL.
- Wire the I2C mux to each of the Flora 9 DOF sensors (VIN, GND, SDA, SCL) with the male/male jumper wire.
- Mount the sensors to the golf glove with electric tape and/or hot glue.
- Mount the breadboard to the golf glove. I chose to mount it onto the velcro tab.
Overall time: 7 - 8 hours. (Maybe much less if you have soldering experience.)
- Mobility. Currently the wearable glove requires being tethered to a computer via USB. It would be nice to have a battery and Bluetooth communications. The first attempt at adding Bluetooth failed because of Bluetooth transfer speeds required modifying firmware.
- Sensor fusion. Being able to reliably take all the sensor input data and produce a single view of the hand has proved difficult. Many sensor fusion algorithms are proprietary and the publicly available ones will have to be heavily modified to build a model of a hand and fingers.
- Applications. Once we have a sensor fusion layer, we can build applications on top of that platform, such as a keyboard.