Glove as an interface

Title: Interface Glove (Alper + Mehdi)

Description: Mehdi and I are planning on making the glove an interface to information stored in the pocket (where the cell phone usually resides!).  This helps keep attention on the surroundings instead of focused on an information device.  We anticipate that giving just the minimal amount of necessary information will minimize longer distractions of fiddling with a cell phone.

Inspiration: Signal gloves and new watches are two ways of communicating with the outside world.  With a interface in the glove, we can easily communicate and acknowledge communication without taking out another device out of the pocket.  All the electronics are embedded on a glove, which is already worn in cold weather.


– Gloves (free/$10)
– LEDs ($5)
– Flex sensors (to sense bent fingers, $10)
– BT ($15-25)
– OLED screen ($40-60)
– Battery ($10)

Concept Art: We anticipate a glove design that utilizes a screen and bluetooth to interface to the cell phone and display pertinent information, such as the subject of a recently-arrived e-mail or text message.  Auto-respond buttons could let the user acknowledge a communication without having to take out the phone and compose the message manually.


– 11/1 – Acquire materials
– 11/15 – Finish signaling glove (first milestone)
– 11/30 – Investigate screen/bluetooth sensor integration (2nd milestone)
– 12/5 – Develop android app  (last milestone)
– 12/13 – Presentation

Backup plan: Work on getting the simple signal glove working first, with different sensors (flex, contact, light) to sense the conformation of the hand.


“Moneo” – Project Design Proposal


It’s not what you know,
But who you know…
… Yet, how to remember them all?

  • The Business Card: A classic method for exchanging contact information
  • The Handshake: A classic method of professional greeting

Can we combine these two iconic symbols of professionalism?


Introducing the Moneo

  • Acts as an electronic business card
  • Can transfer contact information to other Moneos upon shaking hands
  • Can store many contacts – No risk of losing that stack of cards!
  • Suitable for large events where you meet many new people
  • Everything is contained in a low-profile wrist strap


Evolution of the Moneo

  • Initially started as a glove device, and then a half glove, but these ideas were scrapped due to concerns of bulkiness.
  • Eventually settled on a wrist strap both for its simplicity and that many conferences already use wrist straps as I.D.
  • Initial idea was to use NFC, Near Field Communication, but this technology is complicated to use and there were serious range concerns.
  • 2.4 GHz radios were eventually picked for communication due to the ease of use and cost.
Moneo Design Diagram

Moneo: Showing general layout and parts.


Bill of Materials

  • Nylon Wrist Strap : $10
  • Microcontroller : $20
  • RF Transceiver : $2
  • Accelerometer : $15
  • MicroSD Socket : $5
  • Battery : $7
  • Miscellaneous Parts & Tools : $150

Estimated Mass Production Cost

~ $15 at Qtys >10,000


Production Process

  • Order and Assemble Prototype Components
  • Determine Circuit for Transmission Range
  • Design a PCB (TBD)
  • Assemble Final PCB(s) and Sew to Strap(s)


Skills Required

  •  RF Circuit Design
  •  PCB Design and Assembly (TBD)


Production Schedule

  • Oct 28: Order Prototype Parts
  • Nov 11: Assemble Prototype, Design PCB
  • Nov 18: Order PCB, Software Development
  • Dec 2: Assemble PCB, Assemble Strap
  • Dec 9: Final Testing and Tweaking


Fallback Plans

Major Risk: PCB Production Time

  • Worst Case: Sew Prototype Parts to Strap
  • Alternative: Replace PCB

Risk: RF Circuit Design

  •  Worst Case: Fallback to Physical Contacts
  •  Alternative: Use IR, Sound, Induction, etc…

Links from class presentations

LED Shirts


Fish Lightening

Light Programming Microcontrollers

WaterProof USB

Quantum Tunnelling Composite

Magnetic Switches



Example Quiz Questions

Here are example questions for the quiz on Tuesday.  Email Kevin or Emelia if you want to check your answers.  We will answer questions sent before 5pm Monday October 21.  You can download a pdf file of the example questions here.


Final Project Presentations!

For Friday, please prepare a 5-minute (or more!) presentation on your final project. This should be in powerpoint, keynote, or similar format. Use a flash drive, dropbox, or laptop to present.

* 5-10 slides
* Include inspiration images/artists/designers/projects that are relevant to your idea.
* Include digital or scanned sketches of your project- if your design alters as part of the goal, please show the change concepts.
* Include a bulleted list of the steps of your process
* Include a bulleted list of the materials/tools you’ll use/need (this is a great way to find out if your classmates have resources you can tap into)
* Include a blurb on hypothetical/ideal production costs and quantities (if this is intended as a unique piece, please discuss where you see your piece fitting into the design world- i.e. couture, designer, off the rack, runway, art, performance, etc.)
* a list of ideas/concepts that you will need to master for completion.
* Include a fallback plan- what can you do to recover your project if it doesn’t go as planned?
* Include a loose calendar or schedule of when you’d like to be where in the process.