The High Five Glove

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Introduction: The High Five Glove

So you see someone you know, and you greet them the same way you always do: with a high five. Such a satisfying greeting, such a terrific sound. Then comes fall. You put your gloves on. Disaster. No more "smack".

Well if you are sick of high fiving your friends and not getting a consistent result, then high five gloves are for you. Just put these on, and you can keep high fiving through your pumpkin lattes, throughout Christmas and all the way to Easter if you just have enough batteries. This will surely solve all your high five problems.

Step 1: What You Need

  • Glove
  • Voice recorder/playback module
  • Wire cutter
  • Cardboard
  • Velcro
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Step 2: Sound

For this project I used a simple voice recorder/playback module. You can find these on sites like eBay for around kr12.72-3 shipped. The image shows the different parts of the circuit. To record your high five, simply press and hold the record button while you high five someone as close to the mic as possible. To play back, hit the play button.

Step 3: Preparing Circuit for Glove

When you are satisfied with your recording, you may want to remove the parts that are no longer necessary for playback. Using a wire cutter, cut wires for record button, mic and status LED (this will light up to indicate recording or playback, but is not really needed). I chose to keep about an inch of wire left, to allow me to easily solder the parts back on should I need to.

Next cut a small piece of velcro, and stick it on the back of the circuit board. If the velcro doesn't come with tape on the back, use a hot glue gun. Then cut two small pieces of thin cardboard, and glue one part to the front of the circuit board (to avoid short circuiting by moist hands) and the other part to the front of the playback button. This last step will make sure the button is pressed more easily, without needing a direct hit. You can also add velcro to the back of the cardboard with the button.

Step 4: Inserting in Glove

Your circuit will now be ready for use. Get your favorite glove, and place the button in the palm and the remaining components on the back of your hand.

Step 5: High Five!

Brace yourself, winter is coming, but you will be ready! Your friends... maybe not so much.

If you enjoyed this project, consider leaving a comment below. I would love to hear what you think, and if you would have made any changes.

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    Nice instruction for DIY

    I like the insanity of these, but as someone who only does low fives have you thought of the potential of adding them to socks? You could then record the sound of a Tyrannosaurus Rex step sound (I've never heard one for real, but I'd anticipate it being nice and loud) and be able to create panic in the street walking down dark unlit alleyways at night.

    Alternatively, put in a squeeking sound on one foot and a boing-boing sound on the other and just drive everyone mad who walks with you.

    I love it! And that's the beauty of this project really: it can be tweaked for so many different uses. Swap the glove for another piece of clothing. Record any sound you can think of. How about putting this in a hat for the ultimate headbutt?

    Inaudible high fives are the worst. Without the smack, it's just a poorly-executed handshake.

    You know what I'm talking about! Speaking of terrible handshakes, how about next I tackle the issue of sloppy handshakes with "The Proper Gentleman Glove" - with high powered servos, to really give a good squeeze!

    The "Anti-Limp Fish Handshake" glove. I have a hard time taking a business person seriously if I get one of those from them. My tiny little mother could drop me to my knees with the quality(strength) of her handshake.

    Speaking as someone with arthritis in his hands, the last word that comes to mind when I meet guys who play the hand-crusher handshake game is 'gentlemen.' Not sure Inventables wants me to use the words that *do* come to mind.

    Perhaps an audio track could play--'greetings, old fellow' or something like that. You could even make it in the same glove as the high-five glove, and make it detect what was going on--handshake, high-five... ?

    Or you could put the Velcro on the front of the glove so the other person ends up with your glove on their hand or vice versa.

    I like it, you could put any sound on the recorder you wanted!

    A glove-stealing glove. I like it!