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SynthGlove: Nintendo Powerglove controller

Submitted by on August 18, 2009 – 9:12 am 4 Comments

When the Nintendo Powerglove came out many years ago, I was pretty fascinated – a cheap, functional virtual reality controller. There have been a ton of hacks for it, including this ingenious DIY controller by DenkiTribe.

He says:

This is my first attempt at using Power Glove as a musical instrument. I made a small circuit using Arduino which converts finger movements into MIDI CC messages. I’m planning to add an accelerometer to replace ultrasonic sensors which is embedded in the original Power Glove.

Check out the video:


  • xjn says:

    nice.. i have one of these and managed to get it working as intended (with ultrasonic sensors and such) with the old VR program through the parallel port on a very old laptop a couple years ago. I’ve since moved to the P5 glove, so much easier to work with…

    does your new circuitry allow the fingers to be sensed at the original resolution (2 bits each for only 4 values IIRC) or does the arduino give better resolution?

  • Leonard says:

    Dude, that is SO cool!

    Can you make a sock version? I’d love it if you could make me a sock one.

    If you can do one for each foot, name your price. Seriously.

    I’m in a signed band, and if I could run onstage, high-kicking my legs and making that shit come out of the P.A. the crowd will go catshit crazy!

    Mail me. Let’s wrap this up.

  • BEN says:

    I’ve been doing this for years… I modded my powerglove to become a remote midi controller…

    Im the one in the pink spandex…


  • scribble says:

    hey BEN!

    that video ROCKS!

    where to find your MUSIC?

    also where can I find a list of your TOURS?

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