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While at the MIT Media Lab earlier this week, I met David Cranor, a student in the Object-Based Media group, who showed me his LilyPad Arduino secret handshake project he made with Amanda Peyton, Arlene Persaud, Rajiv Bhatia, and Sinbae Kim for their Tangible Interfaces class last semester. He writes:

We ironed on conductive fabric pads on different parts of the gloves, and read them off like a multiplexed keypad. The pads on one glove are the rows and the pads on the other glove are the columns, and strobing rows and columns sees what combination of pads were connected to each other). The LilyPad then figures out what gesture is being made and transmits a number through serial to a Processing program which displays the gesture on the screen and checks for the correct pattern.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).