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Hacked Power Glove used to control drones

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Nintendo’s Power Glove is one of the worst gaming controllers ever made. Released in 1989 with just two games that used its motion-sensing features, it was an utter and abysmal failure. It was still undeniably cool though, and I remember wanting one, especially after seeing it wielded by the obnoxious Lucas Barton in the Nintendo-produced The Wizard. I love the Power Glove… it’s so bad.

It was useless. Except now, somebody’s found something worth using the glove for; feeling like a real Wizard.

Nolan Moore replaced the silly glove’s internals with more modern sensors, and has managed to use it to control a Parrot AR Drone 2.0. He used a real Power Glove, but replaced its rubbish hardware with Wi-Fi transmitters and flex sensors in the fingers allowing him to control the drone using gestures. Simple motions like pointing up to make the drone ascend, or turning his fist to change pitch and yaw. It’s a bit…hacky, but it works – and it’s a little like being Darth Vader and using the force, I guess.

Says the project’s description on hackaday.io

“In a world… where wires are a thing of the past, pound signs are now hashtags and there is always a “new black,” one man will revive a gaming icon in order to preserve the past… and control the future.
The ultimate goal of the Power Glove UHID (Universal Human Interface Device) project is to revamp the 1989 Nintendo Power Glove with modern sensors and wireless communication, giving you the ability to use gesture and motion controls with almost anything you can think of, in style.”

Last Updated: June 7, 2016

15 Comments

  1. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 7, 2016 at 11:38

    • Ottokie

      June 7, 2016 at 11:44

      In the next exciting episode of Game of Th….

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 7, 2016 at 11:45

        hue hue

        Reply

      • Geoffrey Tim

        June 7, 2016 at 11:56

        Game of Thrown Objects?

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

          June 7, 2016 at 11:58

          xD

          Good to have you online again

          Reply

        • Ottokie

          June 7, 2016 at 12:00

          xD

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          June 7, 2016 at 12:32

          I nominate this the comment of the week!
          For what it’s worth

          Reply

    • Darren Peach

      June 7, 2016 at 11:49

      There’s always one…..

      Reply

    • Captain JJ of the desert

      June 7, 2016 at 12:25

      That seems like a bit of a douchey thing to do.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 7, 2016 at 12:32

        There weren’t drones in medieval times >:(

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        • Johann

          June 7, 2016 at 13:50

          Why aren’t they burning the cars in the background then? :-p

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 7, 2016 at 14:04

            The cars didn’t intrude on festivities? 😛

        • Captain JJ of the desert

          June 7, 2016 at 14:29

          Still douchey. He’s probably just trying to get a good shot of the action.

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 7, 2016 at 14:31

            and so he did

  2. Captain JJ of the desert

    June 7, 2016 at 12:24

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