The Touch Glove is an interactive piece intended for a user to experience the touch environment in a new and exciting way. Now, understanding texture is not only experienced by one’s sense of touch, but with the help of this glove, texture and touch can be experienced through the use of visual cues as well. A touch sensor is located in the index finger and when a user touches different textured surfaces the sensor activates distinctive patterns of LED lights, which illuminate depending on the surface being felt.
Step 1: Materials and Tools Needed
lightboard sets (Emerald)
Custom Sensor – Circle
Plastic Battery Holder (CR2032)
1 3 inch square of conductive fabric
1 3 inch square of resistive fabric
1 yard of cotton fabric
Small spool of non-conductive thread
Computer with internet access
Step 2: Hand Cutouts
Using your cotton fabric trace your hand about ½ inch larger than it actually is making sure that the index finger is separated from all other fingers and cut out. Be sure to cut out three separate traces of your hand, as you will need all of them.
Step 3: LED Assembly
Assemble all 5 sets of LED Aniomagic lightboards
in their rows (25 total LEDs), making sure that the 1-5 dots follow each other in a sequence. The positive side is indicated by the dot, negative the opposite. Sew all LED lightboards on a 10 inch long 4 inch wide piece of cotton fabric.
Step 4: Positives and Negatives
Be sure that all positive sewed rows connect together to have one thread output; the same should be done for the negative rows. All loose ends should be cut short and glued down with fabric glue as to not cross any circuits.
Step 5: First Testing
Test your 5x5 LED light square using your alligator clips, the Aniomagic schemer and custom board. Instructions on how to use the schemer can be found here:Aniomagic Help
Step 6: Make Touch Sensor
Assemble your touch sensor for the index finger. This can be assembled by cutting out three small squares (about the size of your finger tip) of the resistive fabric and then cutting out two small strips of conductive fabric. Next cut two strips of tape, a bit larger than the pieces of resistive fabric. Place one strip of conductive fabric to the end of one resistive fabric square, do this with the other strip as well. Place one piece of tape over each strip of conductive fabric and resistive fabric. With the remaining piece of resistive fabric place it in the middle of the two assembled parts so that you are left with one whole sensor ready to be placed in the glove. Note: The strips of conductive fabric should not be touching.
Step 7: Attach Sensor
To attach the touch sensor into the glove, place it approximately where your fingertip would touch inside the glove. Next using non-conductive thread, sew the sensor to one of your hand cutouts. Now using the conductive thread, sew through one of your conductive fabric strips to a second hand cutout and sew down a straight line. Do the same for the remaining strip of conductive fabric making sure not to cross the line of the other circuit.
Step 8: Assemble Glove
Attach the third hand cutout to the back and begin sewing all three cutouts together using the non-conductive thread. Make sure to leave about 3-4 inches of material around the wrist not sew together to aid in final construction. Using the fabric glue, glue down all thread ends.
Step 9: Check Progress
Turn the glove right side out and hook-up your alligator clips connecting the LED fabric panel to the glove, battery and accompanying boards to test and make sure all the circuits work.
Step 10: Sewing Boards On
Next begin to sew the schemer, custom board and battery holder to the glove using the conductive thread. Make sure to not cross any positive lines of thread with the negative lines of thread. Attach the two thread lines from the sensor to the custom board. The battery holder can be sewn onto the reverse side to help when inserting or replacing batteries once the glove is finished.
Step 11: Connecting LEDs
Attach the LED panel cuff to the top of the glove, making sure to connect the positive and negative thread line to the correct ports.
Step 12: Battery Time!
Insert the battery, try the glove out and have fun with it!