This robotic glove, the “Teacher”, is designed to help you improve your drawing skills. It attaches to your hand and the machine coaches you to draw by forcing your hand to perform certain motions. The idea is that your hand will eventually develop the proper muscle memory and be able to draw free-handed.
Saurabh Datta, an engineering student from the Institute of Interaction Design Copenhagen, developed the glove for his graduation thesis. Initially, the equipment was designed to teach him how to play the piano. In it’s latest version however, the Teacher can help anyone without a natural born talent to draw through simple repetition. The robot forces your hand to repeatedly execute a series of basic drawing movements. The repetition of these movements end up being transferred to the muscle memory of your fingers, causing you to be able to repeat the movements naturally without the use of the glove. The idea of the glove is basically to “program” you so your lines become aesthetically better. The glove has no ability to interfere in the creative process so it’s still up to you whether or not to be able to put on paper something visually attractive.
I am not an artistic person but once I obtain one of these gloves who knows. You might see one of my drawings in a museum near you! 🙂