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Invention Literacy Foundations/ Accessibility Guide: Glove Controller

The Makey Makey Glove controller is an interactive glove in which it acts as a controller using isolated finger movements to activate various keystrokes on the keyboard.

What is a glove controller? 

The Makey Makey Glove controller is an interactive glove in which it acts as a controller using isolated finger movements to activate various keystrokes on the keyboard. (Thanks to Katie Butzu and Mark Lyons for teaching us about this amazing controller idea!)

What is it for?

Individuals who struggle with delays in fine motor skills as a result of a
neuromuscular condition, genetic condition, injury, etc. often struggle with the
skill of finger opposition or the ability to bring your thumb to each individual finger.
Delays or deficits in this area can impact someone's ability to effectively grasp,
turn, rotate objects and tools.

Grab your supplies and let's go!

Cleaning Gloves, Makey Makey with alligator clips, tablet with piano app, Craft and Code kit
Make Fingertips Conductive

Grab your conductive tape from the Craft + Code booster kit and wrap each finger of the glove with tape. 

close up of conductive tape on fingers of gloves

Make sure to cover a lot of the fingertip to ensure a connection.

hand showing how to apply tape to fingertips on gloves
Create an EARTH Connection

Cut off the thumb of the glove for your EARTH connection. The user can hold the EARTH alligator clip, and their whole body will become the EARTH connection. Then they can touch the fingertip connection to the thumb to signal a key press.

Hand cutting thumb of glove with scissors
Plug and Play!

Connect an alligator clip to each fingertip and to an arrow key on the Makey Makey.

Attaching alligator clips to conductive tape on fingers of gloves

    Plug Makey Makey into your computer or tablet (with a new USB C cable) and play with any game that takes arrow key inputs!

    Make music with our piano app, create a second controller and play our new 2 player soccer app, or code your own project idea with Scratch or MakeCode Arcade!

    Young girl  with hand in glove with thumb exposed. She touches fingertip to thumb to play piano on tablet.

    Just touch fingertips to thumb to play!

    Hand in glove with thumb exposed. Fingertip touching thumb to play piano on tablet.

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