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TouchGloves v2.1 $788.10US $709.29US
excl. sales tax

A controller for drum machines at your fingertips. A very expressive and natural sensor. Includes 6 pressure sensors per glove - five on the fingertips and one on the palm. Each sensor responds to pressure from approx. 10 KPa (0.10 Kg/cm2, 1.5 PSI) to 981 KPa (10.0 Kg/cm2, 142 PSI) or approx. 0.2 N (20 g, 0.04 lb) to 98 N (10 Kg, 22 lb) that's evenly applied across its active area, a 10 mm (0.5 inch) diameter disk. Includes sheaths on the back of each finger to position BendMicro, BendMini or BendShort sensors. Includes a velcro pad on the back of the palm to position a GForce3D or an Orient3D sensor. Tune the TouchGlove using the online manual. Sold as a pair for right and left hands.

Application examples

  1. Use as touch controller, eg. for a synthesizer. Check out the Virtual Drum Set that was made with a left-hand and right-hand TouchGlove, or the Invisible Violin that was made with the left-hand TouchGlove v1.8 by Tim Soo.
  2. Combine with a BendShort, BendMini or BendMicro and create your own custom dataglove. Add some punch with a GForce3D or capture hand orientation with an Orient3D.
  3. For whole-body expression go bodysuit, capture all your joints' movements and express with all your extremities. Combine with BendMicro, BendMini and BendShort sensors from finger to toe. A GForce3D on each of your feet and hands captures kicks and punches. A Hot will keep you in check of your body temp. Use the TouchGlove on both hands to always be able to touch-control your performance, even while doing a handstand.
  4. A wireless Wi-microSystem is recommended in all cases to operate without tether.

Technical specifications

Product TouchGloves sensor
Version 2.1 (October 2015)
Sensing parameter contact pressure or force of 5 fingertips and one palmpad
Sensing technology zero-travel force sensitive resistor
Active area 10 mm (0.5 inch) diameter disk for 5 fingertips and one palmpad
Range (each sensor) approx. 10 KPa (0.10 Kg/cm2, 1.5 PSI) to 981 KPa (10.0 Kg/cm2, 142 PSI) or approx. 0.2 N (20 g, 0.04 lb) to 98 N (10 Kg, 22 lb), evenly applied across active area
Response time 1 to 2 ms (mechanical)
Output resistance more than 100 KOhm (at 0 N) to 200 Ohm (at 98 N) in parallel with 47 KOhm
Power supply 1.0 to 10 V DC, 0.1 mA at 5 V
Operating temperature -20 to 100 C (-4 to 212 F)
Glove stretchy black nylon, medium size only, right or left hand
Weight 70 g (2.5 oz), incl. cable
Cable 0.10 m (4.0 inch), twisted, unshielded, red wire = power, black wire = ground, white wire = sensor output
Connector male plug with 3 pins in 6 rows each spaced 2.54 mm (0.100 inch)
Software support

  1. 09 Dec 2014: SensorX v1.00 for MacOS and Windows (64bit, contact us for the 32bit version) from source code in Max. For multiple sensors or sensor outputs, run multiple instances of the application, each started in its own folder. Use together with Connect (MacOS / Windows).
  2. 07 Dec 2014: TouchGloves v2.01 for MacOS and Windows (64bit, contact us for the 32bit version) from source code in Max. Use together with Connect (MacOS / Windows).
  3. 24 Nov 2013: TouchGloves v1.1 for MacOS and Windows from source code in Max

Application notes
  1. Requires extremely careful handling. Do not rush when putting the glove on or off. Do not stretch fabric excessively. Gradually put on or take off glove by sliding each finger in turn a small distance in or out of the glove. Make sure to pull the fabric at the junction between two fingers and not at the tip of the fingers.
  2. Please read the TouchGlove manual.
  3. For calibration information, see the TouchMicro-5
  4. The sensors may show a value even when fingers or palm are not touching anything. This is caused by the fabric being stretched around and/or pushing on the sensor. To resolve this, use our software to adjust the range of the sensor.

This page was updated on Monday 24 April 2017.
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