P18001: Glove Based Wearable Controller 2


Project Summary Project Information

Currently, computers and phones require very present and in-depth interaction. The user is unable to detach from the interface efficiently. Though typing with one hand is a possibility, especially with phones, with a PC, the lack of portability makes that unfeasible. This leads to more distraction and usually takes full attention to properly respond to notifications. A portable, easy to use device that mitigates distraction and does not cause any restriction of movement or normal hand functions needs to be developed that will competently mimic regular PC or phone purposes.

A wearable, glove controller interface aims to replace usual computer or phone interfaces by using sensors and other methods to track finger positions and hand motions to provide input to a device. It should be portable, fully enclosed within sleek and compact housing, easy to use, and not be a distraction to the user or bystanders. Though most devices currently require two hands to effectively operate, this interface should be operable on one hand with little focus. Other prototypes have not gained much traction due to issues with weight size, reliability, durability, and lack of comfort. Last year’s prototype was bulky, had unreliable sizing, and is not incredibly accurate and repeatable with respect to its ability to properly ascribe finger motions to letters and text functions.

This project aims to provide users with a convenient, reliable device with qualitative proof that a wearable, glove based interface can adequately replicate response speeds and normal functionality of a computer or mobile phone. This year’s final prototype should be sleek, aesthetically pleasing, durable, accurate, lightweight, simple to use, not a distraction, and should not disrupt normal function of the hands or arms. Also, it should be comparable or better than today’s prototypes and on-the-market devices in durability, price, convenience, and satisfy the needs of the customer.

The working document for the Problem Statement can be found here

For more detailed background information, take a look at the Project Readiness Package.

This project is a continuation of project 17001 from the previous year. To view the work done by last year's team, visit their website here.

Project Name
Glove Based Wearable Controller 2
Project Number
Project Family
Assistive Devices
Start Term
Fall 2017 (2171)
End Term
Spring 2018 (2175)
Faculty Guide
Kenneth Mihalyov, kjmddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Willow Baker, wsb2625@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
Multidisciplinary Engineering at RIT

Multidisciplinary Engineering at RIT

Team Members

(Left to Right) Front: Adrita Arefin, Natasha Amadasun / Back: Corey Barrows, Chris Atras, Joseph DiPassio, Zach Hankinson

(Left to Right) Front: Adrita Arefin, Natasha Amadasun / Back: Corey Barrows, Chris Atras, Joseph DiPassio, Zach Hankinson

Member Major Role Contact
Adrita Arefin CE Project Manager aa2702@rit.edu
Zach Hankinson ME Co-Lead Engineer zrh6151@rit.edu
Corey Barrows IE Co-Lead Engineer cxb4244@rit.edu
Joseph DiPassio EE Communications/Electrical Lead jxd3973@rit.edu
Christopher Atras CE Purchasing/Software Lead cba4642@rit.edu
Natasha Amadasun BME Facilitator nxa1153@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination


Customer Requirements

Engineering Requirements

Schedule (WBS)

Cost Analysis

Risk Management

Problem Tracking

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Files


Test Plans

Test Results

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit


We would like to thank our MSD guide, Kenneth Mihalyov, our Customer, Willow Baker, the MSD office, and Dr. Debartolo. We would also like to thank Prof. Beato for his help with our Electrical Schematics and the Engineering house for allowing us to use their 3D printer.