SudoGlove gets a big software upgrade

[Jeremy Blum] recently finished writing a couple of software packages for his SudoGlove system that turns it into a music controller with a lot of features. We’ve seen the hardware in a previous post and as a goal for this iteration he decided not to alter the hardware or the firmware controlling it whatsoever–making this a PC-side software only hack. It’s nice to see improvement on the original ideas as we feel most of the glove-based projects we’ve covered end up getting thrown in the junk box after the developer’s interest wanes.

After the break you can see and hear a demonstration of the complete system. The front end of application shown was written using Processing and includes a slew of user configurations for each sensor on the glove itself. Under the hood [Jeremy] built on the PureData framework in order to really unlock the potential for translating physical movement into synthesized sound. There is also a visual feedback application which will help you practice your movements, important if you’re giving live performances where each finger is a different instrument. Everything for this project, both hardware and software, has been released under a CC license so check out [Jeremy's] site if you’re interested in building on part or all of the good work he’s done.

Update: [Jeremy] wrote in with a bit of a correction for our synopsis. The application shown in the video is written entirely in PureData and the visual debugger was written with Processing. The two are standalone packages that don’t depend on each other. He also sent us a link to download the code packages.


  1. Dino says:

    Nice work Jeremy and great videos! I can see this getting further development and turning into a really cool and versatile interface.

    …and it just looks cool too! :)

  2. zool says:

    pretty cool

    it seems there is a little lag though, could be a problem if you’re doing music
    looks like a lot of work in pd
    by looking at the interface it seems the sensors are working pretty well
    maybe you’d get rid of some lag by not using the xbee

  3. Paul says:

    Rats! and here I was thinking of a set of gloves you put one when you want to do superuser stuff …

  4. Zli says:

    Kinect is better

  5. dombeef says:

    sudo make me a sandwich!

    aww not the same thing…

  6. JohnBailey says:


    No.. You use the cape for that. And put your underwear on the outside.

    …. You do know about the cape.. Yes?

  7. Drake says:

    @Paul @ dombeef

    I was thinking the same thing! Maybe there should be a linux use of a kinect as multitouch and a “sudo” glove that lets you use superuser commands

    bash self-destruct 10
    bash: self-destruct command not found
    sudo self-destruct 10
    Self destruct sequence initiated …

  8. Nick says:

    wow!!!!! genius!

  9. zitonguito says:

    wooow… it´s crazy

  10. Stone says:

    This is awsome! It kinda reminds me of The Boys! and Crash… I want 6 of these, ima start a band with them! Jeremy, can I buy some of these from you?

  11. Jeremy Blum says:

    I’m not selling any right now, but I do intend to develop a version 2 at some point. All the plans on on my blog if you want to build one.

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