The Reading Glove

UPDATE: There is a simple version of the Reading Glove online!  It doesn’t perfectly replace the experience of physically interacting with the system, but it allows you to access the story.

What is the Reading Glove?

The Reading Glove is an interactive narrative installation comprised of a large horizontal display surface, a wearable RFID enabled glove, and a collection of narratively rich objects. When readers pick-up objects from the surface an associated fragment of audio narration is triggered. At the same time, a reasoning engine is tracking the reader’s choices and displaying navigational recommendations on the display beneath the objects to assist the reader in solving the puzzle of the narrative. The reading glove combines a wearable and tangible interaction with an expert storytelling system for a uniquely embodied narrative experience.

The Reading Glove uses the metaphor of psychometry to inspire a “hands on” interaction with narrative objects. Interactors using the Reading Glove explore and reveal the “memories” of physical artifacts by handling them. The reading glove is the first iteration of an ongoing series of explorations designed to create the knowledge and technology needed to create the Tangible Ubiquitous Narrative Environment (TUNE).

The  Reading Glove was recently shown at the Pathfinders exhibit at MLA 2014

Learn more about the Creation of the Reading Glove at our blog

Or check out our research papers on The Reading Glove here.



The most recent video of the Reading Glove, showcasing the tabletop and the current version of the prototype.

The first complete version of the Prototype.

The initial pilot test of the Reading Glove System