The Incredible Glove That Makes 'Touch Screen'  Keyboards So . . . . . . . Yesterday!

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Since Apple Inc. introduced touch screens to the iPhone in 2007, things have never been the same. The display screens that respond to the touch of a finger or stylus have become the de facto standard for any respectable personal device. However, if Jiake Liu has his way, this cool technology may soon be replaced by an even cooler one - your hands.

Gauntlet (Generally Accessible Universal Nomadic Tactile Low-Power Electronic Typist) is a smart glove that essentially turns you hand into a keyboard. Invented by a team of researchers led by Jiake Liu at the University of Alabama, the glove is fitted with wireless keyboard functionality. When the user types his/her message, a conductive wire transmits it to a small matchbox size control unit that sits on the back of the glove. This in turn uses a Blue Tooth to send the commands to any device ranging from a gaming machine to a computer and even a smartphone.

In order to make it simple to use the team assigned the easiest and most natural hand movements to the most commonly used letters. Alphabet letters that are not so frequently used as well as functions, were assigned slightly more complicated gestures. What's even cooler is that once the user memorizes where the alphabets are situated, they can remove the stickers and really appear like they are sending messages or playing video games by just making normal gestures with their gloved hand.

While the smart glove will definitely be a great addition to all our lives, it is expected to be extremely useful for people with disabilities.

Jiake says he loves science fiction movies and was inspired to create the glove after watching Tom Cruise don a similar device in the Minority Report. All the team needs now is approval of the patent for their amazing new keyboard and, a partner to help them bring it to a store near you!

Resources: Gizmag.com, dailymail.co.uk

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582 Comments
  • ToriSunday, February 8, 2015 at 8:56 am
    So Cool
    • souleater2
      souleater2Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 3:28 pm
      WOAH! I WANT IT!
      • leap48
        leap48Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 4:37 am
        I definitely prefer keyboards
        • ChgyukghukgygkyTuesday, December 9, 2014 at 9:02 am
          I am amazing and I love dogs
          • geneva
            genevaSunday, December 14, 2014 at 7:30 am
            exactly what does it have to do with a glove
          • nikukyu
            nikukyuTuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:31 am
            That is amazing but I'll be okay with my normal iPhone thanks very much!!
            • powe12345678
              powe12345678Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm
              cool i wish i had that so cool
              • jordan2300
                jordan2300Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm
                Awesome Bros
                • :DWednesday, October 15, 2014 at 9:46 am
                  Me too!
                  • KK15Monday, October 13, 2014 at 1:58 pm
                    I want one of those
                    • happypug12
                      happypug12Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 5:46 am
                      Awesome!