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Hacking Our Hands (2018)

What wonderful contraptions, these tools attached to the ends of our articulated arms. From coding to crochet, human making involves the use of our hands to interface with the world.
In order to find out more about these fleshy machines, shall we attempt to hack them? All hacks are interesting – both analog and digital. We can add sensors to sense ourselves making. We can add actuators to enact new actions. And lets hack our hands using local and natural materials – sewing leaf gloves, carving twig tweezers, constructing bark armor, molding mushroom pincushions…


adding probes to the tips of your fingers to turn your hand into a continuity meter.
>> http://www.plusea.at/?p=6134

Fingertip Contact Switch
>> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6706

Frequency Finger Gloves
This pair of gloves has LEDs on one hand and photodiodes on the other. The LEDs on each finger can be pulsed (PWM) at different frequencies and the circuit on the photodiode glove translates the received light frequency directly into sound.
>> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5523

DIY Data Gloves
recognising gestures of the hand to control software interfaces.
>> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6730

Fingernail Resistance

ATtiny Drawdio Bracelet
This bracelet is basically a wearable continuity meter that translates the electrical resistance between two fingers into sound.
>> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6577

Openwear Finger Bend Sensor
>> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=4247

Touch Sensitive Glove
>> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2806

Crochet finger Sensor
>> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2149

Sensitive Fingertips
>> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=531

Pushbutton fingertips
Dangerous fingertips
Pushbutton fingertips


Fingernail Strippers
Add wire gauge notches to your fingernails so that you can strip insulation off wire.

Thread dispenser ring and cutting nail

Yarn dispensing ring for crochet

Snap nail


Manual meshing
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157665531103801
Manual Meshing green

Finger knitting contraption
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/sets/72157665870536826
Finger knitter

Dangerous fur
Dangerous Fur prototypes
Powermesh glove
Fur fingertips

Pinky helmet
Pinky helmet

Anatomy of a Pin
Anatomy of a Pin

References and Reading

The Thinking Hand: Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture
>> https://www.wiley.com/en-us/The+Thinking+Hand%3A+Existential+and+Embodied+Wisdom+in+Architecture-p-9780470779293