One of our prime passions is to motivate the next great minds and ideas by posting informative step-by-step tutorials. To celebrate the launch of our fourth-generation muscle sensor, the MyoWare, we've revisited our most popular tutorial and simplified it down to just four major components!

This Instructable will teach you to build a bionic glove using our fourth-generation muscle sensor, the MyoWare. Simply flex your forearm muscle and hear the repulsor charge up, then relax your forearm to fire (lighting up the LEDs on your palm and playing explosion sound effects). As an added flair for realism, when you turn on the system, JARVIS's voice takes you through the boot up and calibration sequence.


Be sure to check out our Kickstarter campaign (running until June 6th) to pick up a kit that includes the four major components for this tutorial. As part of the campaign, we are donating one of our sensors for every five backers to Limbitless Solutions, a non-profit that builds and donates 3D-printed myoelectric prosthetic arms to children in need around the world.

About Advancer Technologies
Advancer Technologies is a company devoted to developing innovative biomechatronic technologies and applied sciences. Additionally, Advancer Technologies promotes all forms of interest and learning into biomechatronic technologies. To help cultivate and educate future great minds and concepts in the field, they frequently post free tutorials on how to build amazing projects using their technology. For more information, please visit www.AdvancerTechnologies.com.

Step 1: Gather the Materials



  • Soldering Iron & Solder
  • 5V FTDI Cable* - Sparkfun
  • LiPo Charger - Adafruit (suitable for both small and larger mAh batteries)
  • Wire strippers


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(Optional) Foam Armor:

The NeoPixel/LilypadMP3/MyoWare setup can be directly attached to any glove without making the painted foam armor as shown in the video. This tutorial will briefly go over how to make the foam armor at the end if you choose to go down that advanced route. However, the steps won't be as in depth as the rest. There is a wealth of tutorials on how to make EPA foam Iron Man armor on the internet (YouTube, TheRPF.com).

Materials -

Tools -

  • Hot glue gun
  • Exacto Knife
  • Heat gun

Software -

* indicates the item can substituted with other similar products

Can anybody help me with the questions I asked in my recents posts?
I meant to say from an old analog camera.
So I have everything connected to the lily pad, but the bro pixel ring. Before I connect I have one question. I really want to make this bright bright so my question is can I also connect some parts from an old analog caned like the one guy did for th iron man repulsor beam? If not it's fine I just want to add something in the middle that will intensify it. Please let me know and thanks you.
I modified the trigger to use a push button instead. Comic con is in 2 days so I had to improvise. Added benefit is the light starts off until triggered!
I am also looking to do something in replacement of the LED ring. Can you tell me how you used a snap light instead? Also is it brighter with the new light?
Just FYI, the light will start off until triggered even with the original trigger.
Hi my name is Ryan and I am just starting to build the new model of the repulsor. I had one quick question though. Is there anything that I can use instead of the LED ring for the light on the palm. Please let me know as soon as possible as I am eager to continue building.
<p>I know it seems a bit lazy but I'm down to the wire (forgive the pun) and I need this nowish. Con is in two weeks and I am working on making the &quot;one glove&quot; for my Tony Stark Civil War costume. Has anyone followed this tutorial who wants to sell theirs? Or know anyone who has? Please reach out if you know anyone. jtrandolph@hotmail.com Thank! </p>
<p>I Finally got everything to work! Slightly Modded but still working good. I like many was getting stuck on the AVRDUDE STK500 SYNC ERRORS!!! I tried contacting Sparqfun and they couldn't figure it out either. I even drove to Sparqfun, since they are only 33 miles away, and got another Lilypad mp3 thinking it was a bad board (also picked up a Sparqfun FTDI Breakboard &quot;Sparqfun FTDI Basic Breakout- 3.3v Dev-09873&quot;, which was key into how I got it to finally upload) I had been trying to use a different FTDI board which was charging the Lipo battery when plugged in, tried different mini USB cables...nothing worked. I even tried reinstalling Arduino IDE and going to 1.6.5 as I was told it was mode stable. Tried manually installing the FTDI drivers...no luck, same error. Here's what I did and BAM!!! UPLOADED with no problem.</p><p>I'm on latest version on Win 10 and back to Arduino 1.6.9 (latest).</p><p>Start up Arduino and open the first &quot;test&quot; sketch. Plug the Sparqfun FTDI Basic with the mini USB to the Lilypad mp3 and computer. Plug in your Lipo battery but DO NOT turn on the Lilypad mp3 board. There should be NO lights on the Lilypad MP3 or FTDI Basic, You will see lights briefly when everything is connected together, then NO lights. (The Red light is POWER and the Orange light is CHARGING on the Lilypad MP3.) If you are using a different FTDI USB to SERIAL board, make sure to disable the jumper for charging, but not the main power. My first FTDI board was charging the Lipo battery and Orange light was on, remember you DO NOT want ANY lights on. Press &quot;Upload&quot; in Arduino to start &quot;Compiling&quot; the sketch. Watch the progress closely and have your finger on the power switch button on the Lilypad MP3. As soon as Arduino IDE says &quot;UPLOADING&quot; turn on the Lilypad MP3 power switch. The RED light on the Lilypad MP3 will light up and you will see the progress finally complete and NO STK500 Errors!!!!!!!!! I'll post up pictures when I get the project finished and put together! Good Luck and hope that helps!!!</p>
<p>do you need an arduino board</p>
The lilypad MP3 is an Arduino board.
Cannot get the code to upload to the board and after verifying the code it says there are errors which I highly doubt after seeing the many people who have completed this project using your same code prior
So I've been working on my circuit for a while and can't seem to get it to work after extensive research I found out that the problem occurring is that the .cpp and .h files must be moved as the problem in seeing says some code &quot;can't name a type&quot; for example or other errors apparently it's very common among arduino code but I'm yet again stuck as I do not know how or where to begin in moving .cpp and .h files please help my armor is done just need this circuit up and running
Hi I just about finished up the circuit and after many tries was able to upload the code from github onto the arduino IDE and was nearly done until I saw that there was an error in the code can anyone help me fix it please it's the only thing that is in my way from completely finishing thanks so much btw OUTSTANDING work on this
Did you ever figure this problem out? I am experiencing similar problems.
No not at all apparently I have to move some .cpp and .h files don't know how to get around the problem EXACTLY please if anyone can help us or if your able to fix it help out thanks
<p>Hey,</p><p>I bought everything but instead of buying a 12 ring of Neopixels I got a 16 for a slightly bigger repulsor. I know little about Arduino coding what so what do I so to make it work with the 16 ring?</p><p>-Ronnie Haik</p>
You'll need to replace the 12 in this line with 16 &quot;Adafruit_NeoPixel strip = Adafruit_NeoPixel(<strong>12</strong>, NeoPixelPin, NEO_GRB + NEO_KHZ800);&quot;
Awesome thank you!!
I found the link to the gloves on Amazon but none are red I was wondering if you just painted them with the same paint that was used for the foam?
<p>They use to sell a red version that was perfect for Iron Man gloves. We used these in the previous Iron Man tutorial but could only find the black gloves when we made this one. We did paint the gloves using the same paint we used on the foam. It surprisingly turned out better than the red gloves.</p>
<p>They used to sell a red version that was perfect for Iron Man gloves. We used these in the previous Iron Man tutorial but could only find the black gloves when we made this one. We did paint the gloves using the same paint we used on the foam. It surprisingly turned out better than the red gloves.</p>
Hey what gloves are they and where were they purchased, I can't find nice red gloves to attach the foam, etc to
<p>Hi,</p><p>I can't pas step 7, Arduino is saying : error: 'class SdFile' has no member named 'getFilename' </p><p>please help me, I have installed all the liberies and this is a great project to add on my Iron man suite (mark 43 fully 3d printed)</p>
The SdFile class is part of the Lilypad's libraries so I would recommend double checking that you setup the libraries correctly.
When u say the lily pad library isn't set up properly are u referring to step 4?
<p>Step 1 under recommended reading:</p><ul><br><li><a href="https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/getting-started-with-the-lilypad-mp3-player">Lilypad MP3 Getting Started Guide</a></ul>
Thank you for the help I'll keep in touch and tell u how my progress with fixing the library goes
<p>Simply amazing. As you can see i connected a cree led instead of Neopixel led and i left the code as you wrote it. The led is working fine but the brightness is too low, there's a way to increase that? sorry but i'm a beginner of arduino code, and also i apologize for my english. Thanks</p>
I see you finished and was just wondering if the code presented any problems for u I got it on my arduino IDE library but was unable to very and upload it to the lily pad due to a problem in one of the lines of code just wondering if you could please help me and get back to me ASAP I just want to finish this project I've been working on it for some time thanks so much have a great day
This is the problem that I'm seeing
<p>This project is wayyy to pricey to make on its own! Can you just mail a kit at a discount?</p>
Want it soon bad
Really good tut! I hope It's not last prop-themed instructable!
<p>Sweet - didn't expect the flex sensor! Congrats on Kickstarter! </p>
<p>Very Cool!</p>
<p>This is so cool! I've never seen a muscle sensor before. This is great! How did you make the Iron Man gloves? They look amazing! Best of luck with your kickstarter! </p>
<p>Thanks! The steps to build the armored gloves is at the end of the tutorial (Step 14).</p>

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Bio: Brian Kaminski Owner - Advancer Technologies Brian graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics in May ... More »
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