Hashtag #Gloves


Isabelle Kaneza

By: Isabelle Kaneza 

In their finest moment of innovative glory, 18 year old Olin College freshmen, Keenan Zucker, Andrew Deaver, Patrick Huston, and Byron Wasti, came up with the Hashtag Gloves.

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Inspired by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s late night “Hashtag” sketch, the boys decided to create a pair of gloves that can tweet when the Twitter user taps his fingers twice in the hashtag symbol and speaks aloud.

How is this even possible? Along with the usage of voice recognition, Wasti told the Daily Dot, “There’s conductive fabric on the tips of the fingers, and we put a voltage across them, and then you just short it, and it detects when you short the signal. It’s really basic.”

After entering the gadget into Hack Holyoke, a hackathon held by Mount Holyoke College, the gloves gained a substantial amount of publicity.

However, Huston told Today, “We don’t necessarily see the gloves as a super-serious invention, but maybe more as a jumping off point for some other cool ideas.”

Check out the video for proof that this invention really exists and works.