For circuit board, we used the Arduino Lilypad, which is designed for wearables.

The gloves we used came with "touch pods" that work with a mobile screen. We modified them into contact switches using conductive thread. 

A zoom in on the flex sensors and touch pod

The entire setup

Initial sketch of our wiring

One of the most challenging parts was transitioning from circuit to glove.  We had to control test each part one by one.

Testing the touch pods

Sewing the flex sensors



Developed over the course of 3 weeks, the musical glove is a gesture-based interface which teammate Sunnie Sang and I hope will give musicians greater control over their performances and real-time experimentations.  

With 3 flex sensors sewn onto the fingers, the glove can affect the quality of ranges in music, such as volume and pitch, through simple finger bends. Using a contact switch and accelerometer, it can also play notes and effects when the index and thumb fingers are pressed together and when the wrist is rotated to the left and right.

For details on our entire design process, click here.

Skills: Arduino Coding, Physical Prototyping, Sketching