Wearable Wireless Gesture Control With PHIRO Pro + Arduino + Pocket Code Smartphone App (JEDI MODE)




Once again, here we are with another tutorial to "Awaken the Force" within you! With the new Star Wars movie just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to use the force to control PHIRO. In this tutorial, we will be using PHIRO Pro with Arduino along with some awesome Flex sensors.

"To the tutorial go, we shall. Yes, hmmm!"

Step 1: What You Will Need

Step 2: Uploading Standard Firmata to Arduino

Similar to our previous instructables, we will need to upload standard firmata to the Arduino board in order to connect to Pocket Code. Here we have used an Arduino UNO, however any Arduino board can be used it it's place.

In Arduino IDE,
Select the COM Port.
Tools -> Serial Port -> Corresponding COM Port

Next select your Arduino Board.
Tools -> Board -> Your Arduino Board (We have used an Arduino Uno, but you can use ANY Arduino board)

Next we are going to select the Standard Firmata.
Click on Examples -> Firmata -> Standard Firmata

Click on Upload.

Step 3: Connecting Flex Sensors to Arduino and Fixing It to the Glove

Flex sensors are resistive devices that can be used to detect bending or flexing. The connection diagram for connecting Flex sensors to the Arduino is shown above. We have also shown how we have mounted our flex sensors to the Glove. We secured the sensors by using some bent resisitors, however you could ziptie them as well.

Step 4: Connecting HC-05 Bluetooth Module to Arduino

Next we connect the bluetooth module to the Arduino board.
Connections are as follows:

HC05 Tx - Arduino Rx
HC05 Rx - Arduino Tx
Vcc - 5V

Step 5: Complete the Arduino Setup With Battery Connections

We have used a 9V battery to power up the Arduino board with Bluetooth module. You can see the arrangement in the picture. We do this so that it is easy to mount on your wrist. The more compact it is, the better.

Step 6: Program With Pocket Code

If you haven't got the Pocket Code app, you can go get it here.
You can have a look at the pictures we used for our program. They were inspired by Darth Vader's chest panel (sort of). Make sure PHIRO Pro is on Mode 3 (Bluetooth Mode - press the Mode button on PHIRO till BLUE LED near the display on top turns ON.)

For the program, we had 7 conditions in total.
Following are the conditions we used and the outputs associated with them.

1) When Index Finger is OPEN
Glow headlamps' LEDs RED,
Background on phone changes to show STOP

2) When Index Finger and Middle Finger are OPEN
Glow headlamps' LEDs GREEN,
Background on phone changes to show STOP

3) When Index Finger, Middle Finger and Ring Finger are OPEN
Glow headlamps' LEDs BLUE,
Background on phone changes to show STOP

4) When full palm is OPEN
PHIRO moves forward,
Glow headlamps' LEDs WHITE,
Background on phone changes to show FORWARD

5) When fist is closed
PHIRO stops,
Turn headlamps' LEDs OFF,
Background on phone changes to show STOP

6) When fist is closed and arm is tilted to the left, the phone tilts left
PHIRO turns Left,
Background on phone changes to show LEFT

7) When fist is closed and arm is tilted to the right, the phone tilts right
PHIRO turns Right,
Glow Right LED YELLOW,
Background on phone changes to show RIGHT

Step 7: Making a Phone Mount

To mount the phone on your arm, you could of course use an arm band, or you could do what we did!
We got a cheap mobile cover off the web, cut it up and inserted a strip of velcro. And voila! Armband with phone mount is ready!

You can see the result in the pictures above.In the spirit of Star Wars, we made the screen look like the arm of Darth Vader. :)

Step 8: DONE! May the Force Be With You!

Here's a video showing our program in action.
You could use more sensors and assign more conditions, such as a combination of several inputs.
Hope you guys liked our tutorial. Do share your ideas and comments below.



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    9 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Where can I find the arduino code? In other instructables you have made the pocket code screen shots of the code available. Could you post those as well or provide a link to download all of the above?

    This would be a great school project for our STEAM lab. Thanks


    3 years ago

    Where can I get the source code??
    am I need to upgrade my account???


    3 years ago

    hey bro can we use this for 2 motor copter to control its motion


    3 years ago

    this is cool, theoretically you could use this in conjunction with your computer for in-depth commands. (I.E. makes a reload motion and PHIRO sends corresponding key command to your pc, making your FPS guy reload his gun.)

    1 reply
    RobotixUSA garrettg7

    Reply 3 years ago

    thanks ...at the moment Pocket Code apps for Phiro is a mobile application software..don't know if it can interface with pc ?