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Hacking the Power Glove

Jan 20, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Ava Benjamin

Nintendo released the Power Glove in 1989. The wearable video game controller flopped despite a massive advertising campaign, ensuring it'd be remembered as an infamous failure. A quarter-century later, though, stop-motion animator Dillon Markey may have finally found a use for the maligned device—and it doesn't have anything to do with gaming.

As Markey explains to filmmaker Ava Benjamin, a frustrating day of work inspired the invention: he would transform an old Power Glove into a Bluetooth keyboard, then use it to more easily edit video footage on set. Of course, Markey's Power Glove has a few flourishes beyond its technical capabilities. He attached a pair of tweezers to a retractable cord on its side, which he uses to adjust small details on puppets. And, crucially, it's been programmed to yell "Fucking awesome!" whenever he bumps fists while wearing it. "It's like a cyborg arm!" he says. "It rules."

This short documentary was edited by Dan Reeves. Elliot Thompson handled sound. If you'd like to see Markey's work, visit his website

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