Qwiic Flex Glove Controller Hookup Guide
Flex sensors are great for telling how bent something is in a project, but we've been running into issues with durability when using them in wearable applications like gloves. The Qwiic Flex Glove Controller isolates the weak point to allow for more permanent flex sensor applications. The board has an onboard ADS1015 ADC to I2C so we can get a whole bunch of analog inputs without touching our microcontroller's ADC pins.
SparkFun Qwiic Flex Glove ControllerSEN-14666
In this hookup guide, we'll figure out how to pull values from our fingers as well as calibrate the sensor for our range of motion. We'll also cover recommended placement and installation to implement these into gloves.
To get started, you'll need a microcontroller to, well, control everything.
SparkFun ESP32 ThingDEV-13907
Particle Photon (Headers)WRL-13774
Raspberry Pi 3DEV-13825
Now to get into the Qwiic ecosystem, the key will be one of the following Qwiic shields to match your preference of microcontroller:
SparkFun Qwiic HAT for Raspberry PiDEV-14459
SparkFun Qwiic Shield for ArduinoDEV-14352
SparkFun Qwiic Shield for PhotonDEV-14477
You will also need a Qwiic cable to connect the shield to your sensor, choose a length that suits your needs.
Qwiic Cable - 100mmPRT-14427
Qwiic Cable - 500mmPRT-14429
Qwiic Cable - 50mmPRT-14426
Qwiic Cable - 200mmPRT-14428
If you don't have a sewing needle, we'd recommend grabbing one if you're trying to add these flex sensors to some gloves.
If you aren't familiar with the Qwiic system, we recommend reading here for an overview.
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We would also recommend taking a look at the hookup guide for the Qwiic Shield if you haven't already. Brushing up on your skills in I2C is also recommended, as all Qwiic sensors are I2C.
Serial Terminal Basics
Qwiic Shield for Arduino & Photon Hookup Guide
You'll also most likely want to sew these boards into a wearable project, so if you've never picked up a needle and thread before, we'd recommend checking out a how-to on hand sewing.