Update: a much more thorough explanation of this project is available from Make Magazine. It might be easier to follow their instructions, and I think their code is more up to date.
The basic goal here was to make a 3D hand-position sensing system that most people can build, while still preserving some semblance of functionality. To get an idea of possible applications, check out the demo video. If you think you can build one that is simpler and equally accurate, or slightly more complex and more accurate, share in the comments!
DIY 3D Interface: Tic Tac Toe from Kyle McDonald on Vimeo.
Step 1: Materials
Step 2: Make the Plates
Don't tape down the entire perimeter, we'll need it later for attaching the alligator clips.
Step 3: Make the Connectors
- Cut three equal lengths of shielded cable. I chose about 12". The shorter the better. Coaxial cable works, but the lighter/more flexible the better.
- Strip the last half inch or so to reveal the shielding, and the last quarter inch to reveal the wire.
- Twist the alligator clips to the wires onto the wires and solder them together.
- Add some heat shrink tubing or hot glue to keep things together.