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Binary Pad

Binary Pad

The Binary Glove was a lot of fun to play with—soft-touch sensors, very responsive—but it was a pain to get on and off and has really only been used by a handful of people. So I gutted it, swapped the FSR sensors for simple push buttons and designed an interface that would accommodate more people and a variety of hand sizes. The buttons are laser-cut and laser-etched. The box is simply wood sprayed with many coats of black matte paint. I also swapped out the LCD display for a simpler serial display. It’s easier to use and brighter, but the refresh rate is much slower than the one I had in the glove.

Overall, the interaction suffers compared to the glove, but I was very pleased to see so many people use it. The highlight so far was taking it to 64 fifth graders at Nora Sterry Elementary school and observing their interaction with it—well worth the effort. A few more photos here.


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