Overview

Use a Nintendo Power Glove and Feather Sense running CircuitPython make a BLE MIDI synth gesture controller!

Use the four finger flex sensors in the Power Glove to send MIDI CC, Pitch Bend, or NoteOn/velocity info to your BLE MIDI synthesizer, including apps on iOS and computers. The Feather Sense nRF52840 has Bluetooth LE built in, as well as an on-board accelerometer used for tilt sensing.

No Power Glove? No problem -- build it with new flex sensors and your own glove.

Parts

You'll need the following parts for the build, including a Nintendo Power Glove, which you may have in your basement, or find at an auction online.

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Parts

Adafruit Feather nRF52840 Sense

PRODUCT ID: 4516
The Adafruit Feather Bluefruit Sense takes our popular Feather nRF52840 Express and adds a smorgasbord of sensors...
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Assembled Terminal Block Breakout FeatherWing for all Feathers

PRODUCT ID: 2926
The Terminal Block Breakout FeatherWing kit is like the Golden Eagle of prototyping FeatherWings (eg. majestic, powerful, good-looking). To start, you get a nice prototyping area...
$14.95
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Lithium Ion Battery - 3.7v 2000mAh

PRODUCT ID: 2011
Lithium ion polymer (also known as 'lipo' or 'lipoly') batteries are thin, light and powerful. The output ranges from 4.2V when completely charged to 3.7V. This battery...
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Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Ribbon Cable - 10 Wire 1 Meter Long

PRODUCT ID: 3890
For those who are fans of our silicone-covered wires, but are always looking to up their wiring game. We now have Silicone Cover Ribbon cables! These may look...
$3.95
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Break-away 0.1" 36-pin strip male header - White - 10 pack

PRODUCT ID: 4149
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except we need headers, headers, and more headers!Each pack contains ten white 36-pin 0.1" pitch...
$4.95
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20-pin 0.1" Female Header - White - 5 pack

PRODUCT ID: 4155
Female header is like the duct tape of electronics. It's great for connecting things together, soldering to perf-boards, sockets for wires or break-away header, etc. We go through...
$2.50
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Alternates

If you don't have a Power Glove, you can alternately build a BLE MIDI controller using any nRF52840 board and some flex sensors. These alternate boards also lack the accelerometer that's built onto the Feather Sense.

Long Flex sensor

PRODUCT ID: 182
This sensor can detect flexing or bending in one direction. They were popularized by being used in the Nintendo PowerGlove as a gaming interface.These sensors are easy to...
$12.95
IN STOCK

Short Flex Sensor

PRODUCT ID: 1070
This sensor can detect flexing or bending in one direction. They were popularized by being used in the Nintendo PowerGlove as a gaming interface.These sensors are easy to...
$7.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit Feather nRF52840 Express

PRODUCT ID: 4062
The Adafruit Feather nRF52840 Express is the new Feather family member with Bluetooth Low Energy and native USB support featuring the nRF52840!  It's...
$24.95
IN STOCK
This guide was first published on Apr 19, 2020. It was last updated on Apr 19, 2020.
This page (Overview) was last updated on Aug 07, 2020.