One of the better video game controller that Mattel tried early on was the Nintendo Power Glove. It was very innovative for its time, but naturally it didn’t always function as well as we would have liked.
This video is called Playing with Power by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Ava Benjamin. It’s about Dillon Markey, a stop-motion animator for the Adult Swim stop-motion animated series Robot Chicken. It focuses on an unusual aspect of his workflow – a hacked Nintendo Power Glove he uses to help animate scenes.
Last year we saw a fabric oven mitt that looked just like Nintendo’s infamous Power Glove. Pete Hottelet is raising funds on Indiegogo for a very similar product. Also named the Power Mitt, Pete’s take is made of silicone rubber and thus should be more heat-resistant than the other mitt.
While I’m sure most of you never had the *cough* pleasure of actually playing a game with the Nintendo/Mattel Power Glove, you can certainly pick a working one up over on eBay if you’ve got about $100 kicking around.
Got a spare Nintendo Power Glove sitting around? Why not do something cool with it like turning it into a modern musical instrument?
That’s what synth hacker Denkitribe did when he rewired an old Famicom/NES Power Glove to control an Arduino-based controller circuit.
An enterprising hacker over in Japan has put together this mashup between the old school Nintendo Power Glove and a modern day Wii-mote controller.
While the on-screen motion sensing is pretty much standard functionality, the modder did add some finger activated switches to replace the A and B buttons.