Trivia

Hard

What Was The First Glove-Based Computer Input Called?

The Power Glove
The Sayre Glove
The CyberGlove
The P5
A black and white drawing of the Sayre glove.
Electronic Visualization Laboratory

Answer: The Sayre Glove

If you’re a child of the 1980s and you picked the Power Glove as your answer, we can certainly forgive you. The Nintendo marketing department worked overtime with that project and there certainly wasn’t an elementary school aged video game fan in that decade that didn’t crave their own Power Glove.

The Power Glove might be one of the best known glove-based inputs, but it certainly wasn’t the first. Back in 1977, Thomas DeFanti and Daniel Sandin created a computer-based input device using flexible tubes wired over a physical glove. Sensors measured how much light traveled through the tubes and, based on how much the tube was bent, could tell how much the finger had moved. They named the glove “The Sayre Glove” after their colleague Richard Sayre, who had come up with the idea that inspired the actual glove. While wearing the glove, users could mimic real-world motions like moving the sliders on a piece of audio equipment to control programs.

Despite innovations in the field and new products, very few people in the intervening decades have adopted glove-based input, and they remain a novelty typically used for computer games and virtual reality simulations.

Trivia

Easy

Apple’s Original Logo Featured Which Famous Inventor?

Trivia

Hard

For Decades, European Countries Kept Rabid Fox Populations In Check With?

Trivia

Hard

What Was The First Instant Messaging App?

Trivia

Easy

In The Song Bohemian Rhapsody, “Scaramouche” Is A?

Trivia

Hard

The First TV Show To Be Broadcast With Dolby Surround Sound Was?

Trivia

Hard

Airport Code For The Airport Closest To Oracle’s World Headquarters Is?

Trivia

Hard

The Only Mythbusters Claim To Receive A Simultaneous Busted, Plausible, And Confirmed Rating Was?

Trivia

Easy

What Sports Equipment Was Left Behind On The Moon?

Trivia

Hard

The Longest Running Restaurant Guide Was Originally Established To Promote?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Search Engine Equivalent Of The 555 Telephone Numbers Seen In Television And Film Is?