“Mega-Gluvs” V1

Documentation of maga-gloves creation with Rachel Freire!

Features

– x-OSC
– flex circuit breakout board
– snap connectors
– 8 commercial flex sensors
– 8 e-textile bend sensors (three of which double as soft pushbuttons)
– 1 RGB LED
– 2 vibration motors

Evaluation/Testing

Processing code >> https://github.com/plusea/CODE/tree/master/PROJECT%20CODE/Gloves/xOSC%20Gloves/Processing/TheGlovesProject_megaGlove

Video:

Fabric Pattern and Circuit

Ideas for solving the e-textile circuit:
– Use shorter flex sensors, orientate slightly diagonally and secure in enclosed pockets, like in Cyberglove design
– Use e-textile sensors and flex-sensors and voltage dividers!
– …

Hannah’s Second Version of Fourchette Pattern

Some issues I see arising:
– the fourchettes do such a great job of relieving any stress on the fabric between the fingers, that i’m not sure the e-textile sensors on the hand-kunuckle joints will work comparatively well to previous version. also, now resistive fabric is on side of finger and not on palm so is less compressed through finger bend.
– having palm be exposed conductive fabric, and sensor lines are also exposed conductive thread, so if these touch directly then we are shorting sensors out. not necessarily a bad thing. just that we wanted to use this mechanism for the button presses, so would not want to have it trigger buttons accidentally.
– lines sewn for e-textile sensors are currently doubling as pocket boundaries for flex sensors. because of this not sure flex sensors will fall into perfect places.
– design is starting to look very sporty. i wonder if we can re-introduce some things (fabric, shape….) to make it look a bit more “elegant”, sci-fi and/or unusual.

With flex sensors front and back:

LED in hot glue:

Soft switch:

Flex sensor wiring and soldering:

Just fabric and e-textile sensors:

Rachel’s First Version of Fourchette Pattern


Flex Breakout Board

Wiring of Left Hand (Version: FourchetteV2_hannah:

Outputs:
1 – LED green
2 – LED red
3 – LED blue
4-9 – not in use, and not broken-out
10-14 – broken-out, but not in use
15 – left motor
16 – right motor

Inputs:
number on board [osc number] — (confusing!)
1 [0] – flex: little (brown)
2 [1] – e-textile: thumb
3 [2] – e-textile: index FK
4 [3] – e-textile: index HK
5 [4] – flex: thumb (yellow)
6 [5] – flex: index HK (blue)
7 [6] – e-textile: little
8 [7] – e-textile: ring HK
9 [8] – e-textile: ring FK
10 [9] – e-textile: middle HK
11 [10] – e-textile: middle FK
12 [11] – flex: index FK (green)
13 [12] – flex: middle HK (dark purple)
14 [13] – flex: middle FK (red)
15 [14] – flex: ring HK (pink)
16 [15] – flex: ring FK (light purple)
X [x] – flex: wrist (gray)

wire colours:
1 thumb – yellow
2 index HK – blue
3 index FK – green
4 middle HK – dark purple
5 middle FK – red
6 ring HK – pink
7 ring FK – light purple
8 little – brown
9 wrist – gray

Eagle stuff:
Eagle PCB files >> https://github.com/plusea/EAGLE/tree/master/projects/Gloves

Materials and Parts

– Eeontex piezoresistive fabric (piezo-resistive effect) LR SLPA MM-1-54 >> http://eeonyx.com/
– Shieldex silver plated lycra MedTex 130 >> http://www.shieldextrading.net/pdfs/Medtex%20130.pdf
– Mitsufuji silver conductive thread (not for retail) >> look into gold plated thread (tarnish proof!)
– Flexpoint flex sensors >> http://www.flexpoint.com/companyInfo/bendSensor.htm
– RBG LED >>
– SMD resistors
– SND JST socket >>
– Two SMD low-profile male header; Part number: TSM-118-04-F-SV. Available from Toby Electronics (www.toby.co.uk/)
– Power switch >>

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