P19001: Wearable Interface


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 device worn on a single hand that can interface and act as a controller for other devices aims to replace usual phone and computer interfaces such as touch screens and verbal commands by using sensors to track finger positions and hand orientation.The device should quickly and accurately detect gestures, convert them into relevant commands, and wirelessly communicate the commands to a paired device. The device should be compact, ergonomic, durable, and not distracting 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 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.

Project Name
Wearable Interface
Project Number
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Jerry Adamski, Jerry.Adamski@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Willow Baker, bakerwillow@gmail.com
Sponsor (financial support)
Team Photo
Left to Right: Vincent Yu, Tim Preskenis, Johnathan Hoey, Nick Breeman, Alice Fischer, Sarah Kordiyak, Willow Baker

Left to Right: Vincent Yu, Tim Preskenis, Johnathan Hoey, Nick Breeman, Alice Fischer, Sarah Kordiyak, Willow Baker

Team Members

Member Major Role Contact
Willow Baker ME Project Manager wsb2625@rit.edu
Alice Fischer CE Technical Writer axf2476@rit.edu
Vincent Yu IE Lead Purchaser vyy7207@rit.edu
Sarah Kordiyak EE Fabricator sjk1810@rit.edu
Nick Breeman EE PCB Lead Designer nxb9283@rit.edu
Tim Preskenis BME Facilitator txp8166@g.rit.edu
Jonathan Hoey EE Lead Engineer jxh2854@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 (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination


Customer Requirements

Engineering Requirements



Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Facility Layout



Test Fixtures


Test Plans

Analysis Results


Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit