Virtual chess uses glove controllers

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Check out the game of chess going on above. It’s a virtual game where each player uses a glove as the controller. Or course the game board and pieces are missing from this image. They’re displayed on a computer monitor which both players can see.

The hardware rather simple, and we think it would be a great project to challenge your microcontroller skills. Each glove has an accelerometer attached to it, as well as a ring of copper foil on the pointer finger and thumb. One ATmega1284 monitors both gloves. The accelerometer data is used to move the mouse cursor on the screen, while the contacts are used to grip or release a playing piece. The game board and pieces are displayed using MATLAB with controller commands fed to it via a USB connection.

If you’re more into building a mechanized game check out this pair of telepresence chess boards.

Comments

  1. Js says:

    Is the “Hardware rather simple” missing “is” or am I reading it wrong?

  2. Barking Pumpkin says:

    That’s neat. Though I was kinda hoping the virtual pieces would be 3d, like in Star Wars. And they would also bark and snap at your hand when you tried to move them. Maybe in v2.0?

  3. M4CGYV3R says:

    Get thee a projector and a nice big flat table…STAT!

  4. Stradenko says:

    Glove controller? That’s so bad.

  5. Is not the same concept of wii games?

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