The “Show & Tell” texting glove illuminates the untapped potential for wearable technology to become an innovative communication tool, especially for individuals with special needs.
Developed by Oleg Imanilov, Tomer Daniel & Zvika Markfeld, the texting glove made its debut at the Google Developers Day in TEL-AVIV 2011.
It is designed with a Lilypad Arduino, flex sensors on the fingers, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and an ADK Board (Android Open Accessory Development Kit). The data is communicated to an Andriod phone which uses custom software to translate hand gestures (sign language) into text messages.
The glove does require one time calibration and training.
What confuses me about the glove is the specific context of use. I’m not sure why a person with a hearing disability would need a glove to send text messages. If it was positioned as a communication tool for an individual with a hearing disability to interact with others in the real world, it may make a bit more sense. Considering this is a mere prototype, I may overlook this particularly odd flaw in experience design.