The Wii golf glove

[Shu Uesugi] is filling a controller void that Nintendo has yet to address. He picked up a golf glove from Target and incorporated it into an air guitar interface. Give the video after the break a chance, you’ll start to see the full potential of this build about three and a half minutes into it. Using an Arduino, a Wii nun-chuck, and his flex-senor adorned glove [Shu] can play individual notes, strum cords, and play around with sound effects such as distortion.

So come on Nintendo, the Power Glove was one of your greatest ideas, where’s our 21st century version? I guess we’ll just have to make our own like [Shu] did. Perhaps we’ll even build our flex sensors from scratch.

[Thanks Mark]


  1. supershwa says:

    Very impressive – flex sensors were an AWESOME idea for this.

  2. nezoomie says:

    It would be cool to hear this playing other instruments other than guitar too

  3. Sarvesh Ramprakash says:

    I went to high school with this kid.

    Congrats, Shu!

  4. Shu says:

    Thanks Sarvesh! I am such a n00b at electronics, can’t believe I was featured here.

  5. hellbringercid says:

    wow strumming, soloing and the ability to change scales? seriusly scales? very, very nice touch.

  6. Cynic says:

    Am I missing Shu’s website, or is the vimeo link all we get? I’d like to see how he talks to java with the ‘duino, keep meaning to do a bit of that myself.

  7. lunarHonour says:

    Anyone notice he has a black eye in the video?!

  8. Ted Sakai says:

    Wow, Shusaku, it is a cool invention! Do you think you can create a piano version? It would be great if you could make a “touch pad” piano on a flexible sheet; something like you can carry as a role in your bag.

  9. Shu says:

    @lunarHonour I do have black skin :)
    @Cynic I used this ->

  10. Cynic says:

    Thankyou Shu, you’ve made my day :)

  11. Len says:

    yeah shuu!!!!

  12. Amos says:

    @Mike: Actually, Abrams Gentile Entertainment invented the PG (or rather sto- *ahem* /borrowed/ the idea of the “DataGlove” and made it cheaper/crappier) not Nintendo. Nintendo didn’t even manufacture/market it; it was sold by Mattel (U.S.) and PAX (Jpn).

    Research/videogame-trivia fail :P

  13. Vincent says:

    Shu, you’re amazing!

  14. malikaii says:

    Perhaps integrate an accelerometer and multi-finger support for shifting up and down the fretboard and placement of chords respectively.

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