Magic glove

This page describes the construction of a wireless multi-track video sampler for the performing arts.

Know as a «magic glove», this project was shown at the MIT Media Lab Europe in 2004, under the name «Computer-Assisted Schizophrenia» (old project page :, and tested by different dancers and musicians.

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Etat du project
Date de début 2003
Status work in progress
Initiateur(s) Michael Lew

The glove is a multi-track video sampler for a solo performer. It lets a single actor record up to 4 looped video tracks of himself, at a touch of his finger while he is performing, controlling loop duration at the frame accuracy.

The remote controller is embedded in a glove as a low-power RF wireless emitter : each finger is a contact switch that controls recording and playback of one of the four distinct variable-length loops of video. Each track is stored separately, decompressed and composited in real time.

This dispositif is quite commonly used by guitarists. Since guitarists use their two hands to play their instrument, they usually use their feet to control the recording or playback of sound loops, therefore the common hardware interface is a set of pedals, aka «effects pedals» (common brands : Korg, DOD, …).

  • buy a real glove
  • transform glove into a simple input device (such as a keypad)
  • find a wireless chip to transmit the control information
  • power this with a rechargeable battery
  • design a small PCB that will hold all of this together
  • on the side of the PC (a miniMac will do), build a USB or Bluetooth receiver
  • the software needs to be able to control live video from a camera

Liste de fournitures

  • gants en cuir
  • émetteur/récepteur HF
  • batteries
  • fil électrique gainé
  • petit microcontrôleur

Liste de logiciels

  • PCB design software

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