Powerglove Interface (1994)

As a purely hobbyist endeavor in August 1994, I modified a Mattel Powerglove as an interface for my PC.  I used plans published in a 1991 issue of Byte Magazine, and I experimented with the glove using Rend386, a shareware virtual reality toolkit.  Like many others, my efforts were inspired by Linda Jacobson’s 1994 book “Garage Virtual Reality.”  The Powerglove is also referenced in the late Randy Pausch’s well regarded paper”“Virtual Reality on Five Dollars a Day” Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Human Factors in Computer Systems Conference, New Orleans April 1991. (ACM Portal Citation)

The modified Powerglove

The Powerglove in a Rend386 world