Student develops glove to type anywhere or play musical instrument with finger movement
Wearable technology is becoming the next big fad in technology. If you haven’t had the taste of wearable technology for your typing chores just yet, here is 15-year old Texas-based R.C. Clark High School student Malav Shah, who has developed a prototype glove with sensors to read finger motions and translate the same into data which can be easily displayed on a computer or a nearby device. Malav brought his invention to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburg. Malav was one among 1,702 finalists from more than 70 countries at the event.
Malav’s glove has four $25 motion-detecting sensors, which monitor finger movement of each individual finger in all dimensions, front and back, left to right and up and down. The sensors collect and send this data to a $10 mini-computer attached to the glove, which then translates finger motion into individual letters. This data can be broadcasted wirelessly on a laptop or any other device nearby.
Interesting, Malav’s virtual keyboard (glove) can be modified to interpret any kind of finger movement. Using the glove, the teen says, user can type virtually on any surface. Additionally, the glove can be boon for people who cannot move their hands or arms. Malav says, ‘the glove can be trained to interpret finger movement of such individuals.
Malav has already trained the glove to interpret finger gestures used in American Sign Language (ASL). ASL is communication technique used by people who cannot speak or hear to form letter and words to interact. Using more sensors, Malav believes, the glove will be able to interpret gestures used to form words in ASL. The glove can also be programmed to understand and detect delicate finger gestures used to play a musical instrument. So, who knows one day you could be strumming a guitar or playing the piano without the instruments, but with Malav’s glove alone!
Via: Society for Science