What it does
The TouchGlove is a 6-channel
pressure-sensing device you wear (left or right versions
available). Connected to the I-CubeX Digitizer, you can
program the TouchGlove to become a fingertip controller
for drum machines. Or use it to sense just how much
pressure is required to pickup a cup of coffee. A very
expressive and natural sensor. Each TouchGlove has 6
pressure sensors - one on each fingertip and one on the
palm. Note that it does not sense the amount of flex
(bending) of the fingers, and that the cup of coffee is
To use the TouchGlove
Plug the TouchGlove's
cable into a series of six I-CubeX Digitizer Inputs
with the Top of the connector plug facing
Connect the I-CubeX
Digitizer to the MIDI In and Out ports of your
computer. Power up the I-CubeX Digitizer and run the
Turn on the six
channels (or fewer if you only want to detect certain
fingers) on the editor making sure it is set to
receive the Inputs to which the Touch Glove is
Check that the I-CubeX
Digitizer is sending sensor data when a finger is
pressed (the green MIDI out indicator should
flicker). If it doesn't, check your connections
(re-check step 3 and/or refer to your I-CubeX manual,
and/or your I-CubeX technical document).
The sensor / finger arrangement for a Right-handed glove is as in Figure 1.
Figure 1. Arrangement of contact-pressure sensors in the TouchGlove.
Caring for your TouchGlove
Care must be taken not to fold the sensors
inside the glove. While they are very flexible, if they
are folded they may activate even if no pressure is being
applied to the sensor. For example, making a tight fist
while wearing the TouchGlove could damage the sensors.
The TouchGlove and its sensors aren't waterproof so don't
immerse in water.
Those that are
truly cyber-mutants may wish to wear their TouchGloves in
chilly weather, using the cable as a string up their
sleeve so they can't lose their Gloves. This might not be
good for the TouchGlove, as the sensors will become less
flexible in extreme cold. Similarly, the TouchGlove (made
of Nylon) is not appropriate for extreme heat.
Q: I've put on the TouchGlove and connected it
to the Digitizer. Each sensor sends out a value of 127
(or nearby). What am I doing wrong?
Your connections are upside-down. Unplug the TouchGlove and
connect it with the TouchGlove label and Infusion Systems
logo facing the top.
Q: It seems that each time I use the TouchGlove, it sends different
sensor values (when my hand if fully extended - all
fingers straight).This limits its response. What can I
As a rule of thumb, set each sensor's (5 fingers
and palm) input threshold (thresh. (standalone mode) /
inmin (host mode)) to 20 steps
above its relaxed state (when your fingers are straight).
First try a setting of 0, and
observe the monitored values (they should be near 0), raise the
threshold for each sensor until each sensor outputs 0 in
its relaxed state. Then raise
the threshold another 20 steps.