University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) engineering students have developed the generally accessible universal nomadic tactile low-power electronic typist (Gauntlet) keyboard, a glove-based device that functions as a wireless keyboard.
The students say the device could revolutionize the way electronic devices are used with one hand. Gauntlet users touch their thumb to points on their fingers that correspond to letters on a keyboard or other functions. Conductive thread carries the commands to a matchbox-sized printed circuit board (PCB) affixed to the back of the glove, and the PCB transmits the commands via Bluetooth. The characters are sewn into the finger and palm positions of the glove, and users must memorize where each character is, similar to typing on a standard keyboard.
"We all sat around and asked a few people and tried to figure these easiest places to touch your finger with your thumb and we put the most commonly used letters there," says UAH engineering student Stephen Doud. "We tried to make it as efficient and easy to use as possible."
From UAHuntsville News
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