Open Source Gesture Control

Creating an open source alternative to "black box" gesture control solutions

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This project aims to create an open source alternative to "black box" gesture control systems that is more affordable to create and or buy.

This project aims to create a opensource alternative to "black box" gesture control solutions. This gesture control system is being designed with the hardware hacker in mind It will support adding additional sensors and have a library to allow for rapid project development.

Gesture Control Apparatus Controller. Upload this to the board attached to the glove.

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Display Controller. Upload this to your external display board

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  • 5 × Slide Potentiometer
  • 1 × Arduino UNO or Similar MCU
  • 5 × Extension Springs

  • *Insert good log title here*

    Garnet Koebel08/01/2019 at 00:57 0 comments

    Stay tuned for a (likely minor) project update in a few days. I'm moving to a different lab space soon so my projects should all be getting the work they deserve.

  • Project Log January 17, 2019

    Garnet Koebel01/17/2019 at 18:55 0 comments

    In recent weeks I have finished much of my goals for the first prototype. As it stands now the first GCA prototype is functional and ready for testing. My next steps are to redo the sensor board to cut down on bulk and design a more reliable way of actuating the potentiometers.

    A quick breakdown of what's been done since the last log.


    • Spring mounting holes drilled
    • Springs mounted
    • Tendons attached to potentiometers
    • Tendons threaded threw glove


    • Interarduino communication coded
    • Display Controller added
    • Gesture reccognition added to DC

    Code and updated pictures are in the process of being uploaded.

  • Circuit Fabrication and Soldering

    Garnet Koebel11/22/2018 at 17:10 0 comments

    I've now created the PCB for the user side of the gesture control system. Soldering the potentiometers I am using for tracking however caused a slight issue due to the form factor of the potentiometer pins. I solved the problem by using a rotary tool to grind down the pins so that they would better fit the holes. The next step will be creating the mounting points for springs that will pull back the slides on the potentiometers when a user's hand opens. I will admit that it was an oversight not adding mounting points to the design initially but I have devised a way around the problem.

  • Revising The Design

    Garnet Koebel11/02/2018 at 16:01 0 comments

    I've tweaked the design slightly from my original idea my original design called for rotary potentiometers for tracking a users hand gesture. The new design will use spring retracted slide potentiometers instead to simplify the mechanical side of the project.

  • The Return of a Project

    Garnet Koebel10/31/2018 at 12:45 0 comments

    This project is now under active development again. I had to put it on pause for a few months, but starting now this page should be receiving regular updates.

  • R&D Updates

    Garnet Koebel08/03/2018 at 22:51 0 comments

    I have been spending my free time researching ways to improve upon my prototype desings for the past while however life has interfered and prevented me from submitting an update in a while.  The project is still being developed however other elements of projects I have not yet made opensource are taking up much of my time.

  • Day 1 - Prototyping

    Garnet Koebel06/23/2018 at 02:42 0 comments

    Prototyping is underway for the first version of the gesture control system. Luckily actually had some designs drawn up from a previous project in the same area. Starting to write up a parts list so that those playing along at home will be able to build their own system.

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