Stop Time with This Awesome DIY Arduino-Powered Glove

This clever how-to video shows you a way to make it appear like time is stopped. Using a strobe and some Arduino programming this glove is an awesome party trick.
Jessica Miley

Ever dreamed of being able to stop time? This YouTube video will teach you how. How-to video creator MadGyver shows you how to make a time machine glove using some clever Arduino programming and some solid soldering. This isn’t a how-to for everyone, but the resulting video is worth a watch. In the video you’ll see MadGyver ‘stop time’ simply by pointing the glove at moving objects.

While the glove isn’t really stopping time its effect is very very impressive. The time machine is actually a stroboscope with frequency adjustment. A stroboscope or strobe, is an instrument used to make a cyclically moving object appear to be stationary or slow moving. It works by producing brief repetitive flashes of light. With the time machine glove fitted to your hand, simply move your hand forward to turn on the LED and shake to turn it off again. When the frequency of object coincides with the frequency of the LED in the glove, it will "stop".

The glove uses Arduino an open-source electronics platform to control the LED and accelerometer. Arduino boards are able to read inputs such as a finger on a button or a Twitter message and turn it into an output such as turning on an LED. If you want to have a go at this time stopping glove you’ll need to dedicate a little bit of time to playing around with Arduino first, but it seems definitely worth the effort.

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