As a musician, sometimes you want to walk away from the computer and the use of buttons and knobs. Some dream of an instrument or interface that is more experimental and lively. There are many possibilities, the sky is the limit when it comes to designing gestural and alternative controllers. Gloves have become a popular option, and for good reason, they are expressive and the hand has many points of articulation. Plus, when you are really feeling a groove, it's hard not to move around, shimmy and shake. The body is very expressive and, using a microcontroller and some sensors, it can be turned into a musical instrument to learn and explore.
The challenges I presented myself was to not use flex sensors and to create pressure sensitive points on the back of the hand using resistive paint and conductive fabric. This lead to a knuckle mechanism designed by JON-A-TRON and Aleator777 using trimmer potentiometers, and a homemade sensor using polyurethane, Bare Conductive paint and conductive fabric. You can use flex sensors if you like (coupled with a voltage divider circuit), they both give out voltage resistance readings.
It would be remiss of me not to mention at least a few great glove controllers and wearable instruments:
mi.mu glove (will be open source!)
 Small hide of 3 ounce leather
- glove leather and hide from the neck of a cow are both suitable.
- if you to use 1 color, this will cover you. Get 2 small hides if you would like a contrast color.
 9" x 12" sheets of felt or 1/4" of felt
Small piece of tulle
 foot of ShieldIt Super
 3 lb (trial unit) Clear Flex, water clear urethane rubber, shore 50A (optional)
- I used it because I wanted the sensor parts to show, leather can be used instead.
 Clean-up rag
 Pair of glove to protect hands while using polyurethan
 Paper cups and wooden mixers
 Small 1/4" post rivets
 10 K trimmer potentiometers
 Intel Edison or other WiFi enabled microcontroller
 Micro usb cords
 pairs of female and male headers
 plastic ziplock bag
Heat shrink tubing
Artist or masking tape
Silhouette CNC cutter (or patience with the X-acto)
- to print molds for polyurethane and knuckle actuators (for the knuckles you want the highest resolution printer you can find)
- for knuckle actuators