The project uses an Arduino on the glove and Processing on the PC. The PC has a webcam which tracks the hand motion and the glove has two Hall effect sensors to simulate mouse clicks. Bluetooth links the glove and the PC. You can see a video of the thing in action, below.
The system requires calibration where you show it the object you want to track (a bright blue disk in the demo). The object apparently needs to be a different color from other objects in the camera’s field of view. That also means the object has to stay in view, so don’t get carried away thinking about wild flicking gestures with rotating palms.
If you search Hackaday for “gestures” you’ll see that people have done everything “by hand” from play Tetris to driving a car. There’s a lot of different techniques in use, too, ranging from radar to repurposed Leap controllers.
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