Re: [unrev-II] Digest Number 75

From: John J. Deneen (
Date: Mon Mar 27 2000 - 11:11:37 PST

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    From: "John J. Deneen" <>

    On Oct. 20-21, 1999, at the 2nd IEEE & ACM International Workshop on Augmented
    Reality '99, I met Bruce and Susie Howard who have developed "Lightgloves" for a
    virtual keyboard.

    The virtual keyboard is created by an IR grid by using a set of 5 LEDs and
    fiber-optics strands for each hand to track the movement of fingers/thumbs mapped
    to each key. Signals from these lightgloves are then coupled to a set wireless
    radios strapped to each wrist for sending to a remote base station connected to a
    computer. I put Neil Scott of the Archimedes Project at Stanford in contact with
    them, but have not been informed of its status for commercialization.

    Below is contact info from my files:

    Lightglove, R. Bruce Howard, President, Harmonic Research
    5208 Sudley Rd.
    Manassas, VA 20109
    703-754-3032 Tele/Fax

    Picture of a Lightglove

    Subject: Lightglove Appreciation
        Date: Sun, 24 Oct 1999 17:13:50 -0400
        From: "Susie M.G. Howard" <>
           To: <>

    Dear John,
       It was a pleasure meeting you & Gordon. We are looking forward to future
    collaborations concerning the use of
    our product to better the living conditions of those who need some assistance.
    We have received an inquiry from
    Stanford concerning a license agreement and will respond to them when we have
    learned a little more about the
       You were such a vast wealth of information that we wanted to thank you for
    taking time to acclimate us to the
    industry. We are hoping that our technology can be assimilated into a vast array
    of products to help the disabled as well as astronauts in space.
       Please email us the info you had mentioned concerning Standford. We are eager
    to get this technology to those
    who can finalize the specific applications for those that need the devices.
          Take care,
    Susie M.G. Howard wrote:

    > From:
    > In a message dated 03/27/2000 2:11:29 AM Pacific Standard Time,
    > writes:
    > >
    > > Here is some more background on "One-Handed Typing Devices":
    > >
    > >
    > I tried the BAT keyboard a few years ago and returned it. What I wanted, and
    > told them I wanted but they didn't pick up on it, is what I call a TYPEWRITER
    > GLOVE.
    > A Typewriter Glove would slip on one hand. The hand could be in any position,
    > such as resting lightly on one's stomach while lying down, or in one's lap
    > while sitting. Sensors in the joints of the glove would input to the
    > computer, and a simple combination of finger positions could easily represent
    > more than the entire ASCII key set and all abbreviations. It would be
    > somewhat like signing (using sign language) and could even be patterned
    > similarly. I do not know sign language, so cannot speak for that.
    > I have tried to give this idea away. I don't know why no one has picked up on
    > it.
    > With a Typewriter Glove, there would be no carpal tunnel syndrome, no stress
    > to hold the hand, wrist and arm in a fixed position. You could type with the
    > hand or arm in any position, as long as your hand is in the glove.
    > Any takers?
    > Jim Morrissett
    > 760 751 0188
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