An Instrumented Glove for Control Audiovisual Elements in Performing Arts

Rafael Tavares, Hugo Mesquita, Rui Penha, Paulo Abreu, Maria Teresa Restivo


The use of cutting-edge technologies such as wearable devices to control reactive audiovisual systems are rarely applied in more conventional stage performances, such as opera performances. This work reports a cross-disciplinary approach for the research and development of the WMTSensorGlove, a data-glove used in an opera performance to control audiovisual elements on stage through gestural movements. A system architecture of the interaction between the wireless wearable device and the different audiovisual systems is presented, taking advantage of the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol. The developed wearable system was used as audiovisual controller in “As sete mulheres de Jeremias Epicentro”, a portuguese opera by Quarteto Contratempus, which was premiered in September 2017.


Wireless Sensor Networks, Wearable Devices, Gestural Performance, Open Sound Control Protocol

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International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE) – eISSN: 2626-8493
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