The Reading Glove

The Reading Glove (2009 – Present)
With Karen Tanenbaum, Alissa Antle, Jim Bizzocchi, Marek Hatala, Magy Seif El Nasr, and Ron Wakkary.
Funded by: GRAND as part of the PLAYPR Project.
UPDATE: Here is a new video of the second version of the prototype!

The Reading Glove is an interactive narrative installation comprised of a large horizontal display surface, a wearable RFID enable glove, and a collection of narratively rich objects. When readers pick-up objects from the surface an associated fragment of audio narration is triggered. At the same time, a reasoning engine is tracking the reader’s choices and displaying navigational recommendations on the display beneath the objects to assist the reader in solving the puzzle of the narrative. The reading glove combines a wearable and tangible interaction with an expert storytelling system for a uniquely embodied narrative experience.

The Reading Glove uses the metaphor of psychometry to inspire a “hands on” interaction with narrative objects. Interactors using the Reading Glove explore and reveal the “memories” of physical artifacts by handling them. The reading glove is the first iteration of an ongoing series of explorations designed to create the knowledge and technology needed to create the Tangible Ubiquitous Narrative Environment (TUNE).
Learn more about the Reading Glove at our blog
Older videos of the system:

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