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Gadget Freak Case #241: Gloved Hand Controls Airplane's Flight

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Rob Spiegel
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The Kids Are Alright
Rob Spiegel   5/17/2013 11:47:57 AM
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Some of our most inventive and colorful gadgets come from young engineers in training. This gadget was created by a team of engineering students. We've had a number of gadgets developed b student teams from both Colorado State University and Southern Methodist University. We've even had a number of gadgets submitted by a 15-year-old student. Keep your eyes out for an upcoming slide show featuring gadgets from budding engineers.

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Debera Harward   5/17/2013 3:56:41 PM
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Yes Rob , You are absolutely correct now  a days young engineers are developing so good and captivating projects and models that it just keep us speechless .What i was thinking is what exactly can be the usage of this gloved hand control Airplanes flight practically .

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Re: The Kids Are Alright
Pubudu   5/20/2013 2:26:39 PM
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True Debera, I think that those innovation coming because of the fresh bloods with fresh thinking without stuck in the box.

Congratulations guys .............................

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   6/5/2013 8:22:47 PM
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Debra, I think the practicality is in the way that many remote control devices prove their worth -- by directing action in places that are dangerous for humans. While this gadget itself doesn't necessarily fall into this role, the technology behind it does.

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Re: The Kids Are Alright
Charles Murray   5/17/2013 6:12:26 PM
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If ever there was a Gadget Freak that was bound for glory, this is it. I expect to see all but the most traditional RC flyers using this in ten years.

mrdon
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Re: The Kids Are Alright
mrdon   5/22/2013 3:35:03 PM
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Charles,

I agree two hundred percent!. The products that are being developed in Makerspaces and University Labs today will be common devices of tomorrow. Their product has a lot of Gestural Controls potential applications for Human Machine interfacing.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: The Kids Are Alright
Rob Spiegel   6/5/2013 8:36:02 PM
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Good point, Chuck. there is already a good population of weekend remote control plane and boat fanatics. I agree they would take to this gadget.

mrdon
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Re: The Kids Are Alright
mrdon   5/22/2013 3:13:48 PM
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Rob,

What a great Gadget Freak Case video! I'll definitely being showing this one to my Capstone Class tonight. I plan to use it as a training video on how to present their project to the audience. 

I've been talking to my students about the Gadget Freak submission process. Waiting on a group of students to meet the challenge. I also have a couple of proto-designs I need to finalize for submission as well. Keep up the great work Rob!

Rob Spiegel
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Re: The Kids Are Alright
Rob Spiegel   6/9/2013 7:10:28 PM
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Thanks much, MrDon. We're certainly looking forward to seeing new gadgets from you and your students.

mrdon
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mrdon   6/16/2013 4:20:47 PM
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Rob,

I'm developing a bunch of gadgets for my Raspberry Pi (RPi) course on Udemy  and the two Arduino books under development  I would love to share with DN readers. Here's a link to my online course. I'm still evangelizing to my students the benefits of submitting their tech projects to Design News magazine.

Udemy RPi course

http://blog.makezine.com/trainingcamp/introduction-to-raspberry-pi/

Rob Spiegel
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Re: The Kids Are Alright
Rob Spiegel   6/17/2013 11:14:37 AM
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This is good news. We're eager to get new gadgets posted. Thanks Mr. Don. I appreciate the link.

mrdon
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Re: The Kids Are Alright
mrdon   6/18/2013 6:28:13 PM
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Rob,

Your quite welcome and I'm eagerly planning the video for my first Gadget Freak article.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: The Kids Are Alright
Rob Spiegel   6/25/2013 10:55:12 AM
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Are any of your students actively working on gadgets, MrDon?

mrdon
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Re: The Kids Are Alright
mrdon   7/19/2013 6:05:37 PM
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Rob, Yes, there is a group of Capstone students working on various microcontroller projects. Still awaiting on a group to submit a project for Gadget Freak. May have an opportunity with high school students at a local Center of Technology high school.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: The Kids Are Alright
Rob Spiegel   7/22/2013 4:36:37 PM
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MrDon, receiving a Gadget Freak submission from high schoolers would be particularly great. We have forms for the parents of minors to fill out so we can publish their work.

mrdon
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mrdon   7/23/2013 1:40:27 PM
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Rob, Hey that's great information to know, thanks for providing it.

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NadineJ   6/19/2013 12:15:12 AM
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That looks really cool.  I can't wait to see the gadgets you come up with!

mrdon
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Re: The Kids Are Alright
mrdon   6/19/2013 12:44:02 AM
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NadineJ

The project build for my gadgets will be non-enclosure, open electronic circuit breadboards. The smarts for the gadgets will consist of rapid development tools like  the Arduino, Cypress PSoC, and the Raspberry Pi. The theme of my gadgets is graphics and animation interaction using Physical Computing controls. The objective behind these gadgets is to demonstrate the ease in which new product concepts can be sketch using microcontrollers and discrete I/O electronic circut interfaces for human interaction. Also, the open design approach is to stimulate readers to enhance the gadget based on their own personal requirements.

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Which gloves?
Ann R. Thryft   5/17/2013 12:25:51 PM
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What fun! Maybe I missed it, but what gloves were used? I don't see them on the parts list. If not a specific brand, what type and material is best?

JPHartman
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Re: Which gloves?
JPHartman   5/17/2013 10:31:17 PM
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We didn't use any specific gloves.  The gloves in the video an pictures were found at the local thrift shop. Tighter ftting gloves would probably work better than loose ones because it makes it easier to push the control buttons on the left hand.

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Re: Which gloves?
far911   5/18/2013 3:08:12 PM
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It is a beautiful concept. I would be really interested to try it out. By the looks of it, flying the plane looks effortless. However, I wonder if something like this can become mainstream.

mrdon
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Re: Which gloves?
mrdon   5/22/2013 3:19:58 PM
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far911,

If this concept is presented at Makerspaces as well as a Kickstarter project, the answer is yes. The project has alot of Open Source  hardware and software elements that appeal to the Maker community. With additional Kickstarter funding, I can see this product being an educational tool for the development of gestural controls through Physical Computing and Wearable Electronics technologies.

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Re: Which gloves?
mrdon   5/22/2013 3:27:08 PM
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JPHartman,

Great project and video. Have you thought about seeking additional funding from Kickstarter to take the prototype to the next level? Also, the Maker community via Makezine.com would find this project extremely interesting to its readers. I see this product being used as a development kit for creating Gestural Control devices. Again, congratulations and great video!!!

JPHartman
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Re: Which gloves?
JPHartman   5/23/2013 4:20:38 PM
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mrdon,

 

Thanks for all the great comments.  I have not thought to seekmore funding from an online source yet, but it is a good idea to consider.  I may pursue the project in the future once I can devote more time to it.

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Re: Which gloves?
JPHartman   5/23/2013 4:20:39 PM
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mrdon,

 

Thanks for all the great comments.  I have not thought to seekmore funding from an online source yet, but it is a good idea to consider.  I may pursue the project in the future once I can devote more time to it.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Which gloves?
Ann R. Thryft   5/23/2013 12:02:50 PM
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Thanks for the answer about the type of gloves: tight-fitting does make more sense.



mrdon
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Re: Which gloves?
mrdon   5/22/2013 3:39:49 PM
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Ann,

From the look of the video, it seems an ordinary pair of women's glove will do the trick. I love this video because of the use of "off the shelf electronics" to create a really cool product! Design News Gadget Freak is quite inspiring! I have a couple of proto concepts I need to pump into the Gadget Freak pipeline. My five minutes of fame awaits me! LOL!!!

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Cool Gadget
Cadman-LT   5/17/2013 9:52:59 PM
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Really nice gadget, I just wonder how hard it is to control? Seems like it might be hard.

mrdon
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Re: Cool Gadget
mrdon   5/22/2013 3:30:26 PM
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Cadman-LT,

With any new handheld device the operating learning curve might be steep. With additional practice and being comfortable with the glove, you can probably do all sorts of aerial tricks using the wearable controller.

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Re: Cool Gadget
Cadman-LT   6/17/2013 6:19:47 AM
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mrdon, I am sure you are right. I just kind of worry about the cost of the learning curve. I can't remember if it was crashable or not. Everyone seems to be into using your hands as controllers these days. It's a good thing I think. See where it leads.

mrdon
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Re: Cool Gadget
mrdon   6/18/2013 6:39:48 PM
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Cadman-LT,

The use of hand controls using basic gestures is somewhat natural in terms of operating devices. Adding electronics to ordinary garments like gloves allow basic hand gestures to happen naturally and reduces the learning curve to operate the attached device under control. Just like you, I'm watching this technology closely to see the final outcome.

NadineJ
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Re: Cool Gadget
NadineJ   6/19/2013 12:20:04 AM
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Using the full hand as a control has to healthier than what we use now.  Many people have limited dexterity as they age.  Using our hands in large, natural gestures could help prevent that.  It's certainly better than gripping a mouse or remote control.

mrdon
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Re: Cool Gadget
mrdon   6/19/2013 12:55:57 AM
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Nadine J

You bring up an interesting point about limited dexterity in the elderly. Developing gesture based controls is perfect for the elderly because of the natural deterioriation of muscles and bones making it difficult to grip objects.  I see a potential market here besides the CAD and gaming industry for gesture based controls. Very good observation Nadine J :)

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Fly by hand
warren@fourward.com   5/20/2013 8:50:43 AM
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I wonder if you have to clap your hands twice to start it and stop it?

kenish
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Re: Fly by hand
kenish   5/20/2013 2:10:57 PM
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An inside loop requires a backflip and an outside loop is a handspring.

mrdon
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Re: Fly by hand
mrdon   5/22/2013 3:22:24 PM
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warren@fourward.com,

This product is only limited by the developers imagination. Pressure sensors can easily be embedded with the glove for implementing such controls actions.

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Re: Fly by hand
notarboca   5/31/2013 11:57:07 PM
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Imagine some future design of these gloves being used to control a repair robot outside the Internation Space Station, with no danger to astronauts.

mrdon
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Re: Fly by hand
mrdon   6/16/2013 4:31:04 PM
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notarboca,

Now, the use of these gloves to engage with repair robots for the ISS is an exceptional technologyy application. With haptics incorporated in the gloves, the astronauts will truly be immersed in the repair of the ISS. Not only can they see the damage part but feel the significance of its physical attributes as well during the repairs.

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Re: Fly by hand
Tool_maker   7/2/2013 4:34:40 PM
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@warren; obviously from the responses, this audience is too young to get your clap reference. I was imagining the principles involved giving each other high-fives and destroying all of their work.

  This gadget is so much better than the fly by string planes we had as kids where any length of use at all was guaranteed to render the pilot hopelessly dizzy. Well done folks.

mrdon
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Build Instructions
mrdon   5/22/2013 4:00:45 PM
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Rob,

I'm really impressed with the Build Instructions for the Gloved Hand Controls Airplane's Flight project. As I read through the instructions, I was able to understand the layout requirements and assembly of the proto product. The software was well documented where I can easily follow the logic behind its control features and functions. The pictures were clear and documented perfectly. This Build Instruction will allow changes to be made by any Gadget Freak reader who wants to personalize the project for their intended needs. What a great project!

Nugent_56
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Fly by hand...
Nugent_56   7/2/2013 10:40:52 AM
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Is there any actual free-flight video?

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