#makewithmaxim VR glove

This project initially sought out to create a VR data glove using the MAX32630 mbed controller to collect inertial, position, and finger information postion information and send that information via bluetooth. The TI CC2564 bluetooth chipset required a bluetooth stack to operate and that stack was available for purchase from TI's website. I did not wish to purchase the bluetooth stack and am currently investigating implementing the HCI messages over the UART.

Qty: 4 flex sensors from sparkfun - SEN-08606, 4.5" long conductive ink sensors for finger flex position sensing ($12.95 ea)
Qty: 1 flex sensor from sparkfun - SEN-10264, 2.2" long conductive ink sensors for thumb flex position sensing ($7.95 ea)
Qty 1: MCP3208 8-channel 12-bit SPI ADC for reading the 5 finger position sensors ($3.58 ea)


The first step in building the VR glove was to prototype the flex sensors for measuring finger flex position. I decided to use the same conductive ink sensors that were used on the Nintendo power glove. These sensors are variable resistive elements and could be easily interfaced with an ADC in a simple voltage divider circuit. An ADC with 10-bit or better resolution would provide plenty of resolution for this application. After purchasing several flex sensors from Sparkfun, I soldered .1" spacing dual male headers on the fragile contacts of the flex sensors so they could be inserted into a breadboard for prototyping. The MAX32630 development board has 4 ADC pin available, but I needed 5 for the flex sensors and thought that even more could potentially come in handy for other functions during the development stage, such as a variable delay between samples, SONAR or other positional sensors, etc. I decided to use the MCP3208, and 8 channel SPI 12-bit ADC from microchip because I already had some SPI code I used with a Rabbit 3000 Microprocessor. It was a very easy port from the C code to the mbed compiler. One minor problem I discover was that I accidentally mapped the SPI slave pins to the SPI bus (not the master pins) and could not get the program to run, although I don't believe a compiler error occurred. I double checked the pinout and realized that the SPI bus had different pin designations depending on what SPI functionallity you were intending.


Above is the breadboard prototype.


I simply renamed the SPI functions from the Rabbit C compiler to match the mbed SPI API to spi.transfer() and get the external ADC up and running reading the finger positions as a RAW integer value.


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Source Code
#include "mbed.h"
#include "max32630fthr.h"
#include "USBSerial.h"
#include "bmi160.h"
#include "USBMSD_SD.h"

#define         RED "\[\033[0;31m\]"
#define   LIGHT_RED "\[\033[1;31m\]"
#define       GREEN "\[\033[0;32m\]"
#define LIGHT_GREEN "\[\033[1;32m\]"
#define        BLUE "\[\033[0;34m\]"
#define  LIGHT_BLUE "\[\033[1;34m\]"
#define      YELLOW "\[\033[1;33m\]"
#define       WHITE "\[\033[1;37m\]"
#define  LIGHT_GRAY "\[\033[0;37m\]"

MAX32630FTHR pegasus(MAX32630FTHR::VIO_3V3);

USBMSD_SD sd(P0_5, P0_6, P0_4, P0_7);  // mosi, miso, sclk, cs

// Hardware serial port over DAPLink
Serial daplink(P2_1, P2_0);
SPI spi(P5_1, P5_2, P5_0); // mosi, miso, sclk
DigitalOut cs(P4_0);

// Virtual serial port over USB
//USBSerial microUSB;

DigitalOut rLED(LED1);
DigitalOut gLED(LED2);
DigitalOut bLED(LED3);
AnalogIn adc1(AIN_2);       //1.8 volt input
//DigitalOut out1(P5_0);      //Digital output test

//Init bluetooth stuff
Serial pan1326b(P0_1, P0_0); 
DigitalOut pan1326b_CTS(P0_2);
DigitalIn pan1326b_RTS(P0_3);
DigitalOut pan1326b_RST(P1_6);
DigitalOut pan1326b_CLK(P1_7);

void dumpImuRegisters(BMI160 &imu);
void printRegister(BMI160 &imu, BMI160::Registers reg);
void printBlock(BMI160 &imu, BMI160::Registers startReg, BMI160::Registers stopReg);
int Get_MCP3208(int chan);
void get_fingers(int *thumb, int *index, int *middle, int *ring, int *pinky);
void Init_CC2564(void)

//------------- Functions ----------------------------------
//See 6.4.2 Host Controller Interface for CC256X Dual Mode Bluetooth Controller
void Init_CC2564(void){


void CC2564_send_msg(char *str){
    if(pan1326b_RTS == 0){
        daplink.printf("RTS was high, terminate sending message\r\n");

void get_fingers(int *thumb, int *index, int *middle, int *ring, int *pinky){
    *thumb = Get_MCP3208(1);
    *index = Get_MCP3208(2);
    *middle = Get_MCP3208(3);
    *ring = Get_MCP3208(4);
    *pinky = Get_MCP3208(5); 

int Get_MCP3208(int chan)
    unsigned char ch_result[3];
    char cword[3];
    typedef union
        int intd;
        char bytes[4];

    A2D_result A2D_result_1;

    cword[0] = 0x06; //Start bit, single
    cword[0] += (chan >> 2);    // + MSB of chan
    cword[0] &= 0x07;
    cword[1] = (chan << 6); //2 LSB's of chan


    ch_result[0] = spi.write(cword[0]);
    ch_result[1] = spi.write(cword[1]);
    ch_result[2] = spi.write(cword[2]);


    ch_result[1] &= 0x0f;
    A2D_result_1.bytes[1] = ch_result[1];
    A2D_result_1.bytes[0] = ch_result[2];
    A2D_result_1.bytes[2] = 0;
    A2D_result_1.bytes[3] = 0;
    return A2D_result_1.intd;

// main() runs in its own thread in the OS
// (note the calls to Thread::wait below for delays)
int main()
    int c;

    spi.format(8, 0);
    //daplink.printf("%s",WHITE); //Turn cursor white
    daplink.printf("%s\r",LIGHT_GRAY); //Turn cursor light grey
    daplink.printf("daplink serial port\r\n");
//    microUSB.printf("micro USB serial port\r\n");
    rLED = LED_ON;
    gLED = LED_ON;
    bLED = LED_OFF;

    rLED = LED_OFF;

    I2C i2cBus(P5_7, P6_0);
    BMI160_I2C imu(i2cBus, BMI160_I2C::I2C_ADRS_SDO_LO);

    while(1) {
        daplink.printf("\033[H");  //home
        daplink.printf("\033[0J");  //erase from cursor to end of screen
        uint32_t failures = 0;
        if(imu.setSensorPowerMode(BMI160::GYRO, BMI160::NORMAL) != BMI160::RTN_NO_ERROR)
            daplink.printf("Failed to set gyroscope power mode\r\n");
        if(imu.setSensorPowerMode(BMI160::ACC, BMI160::NORMAL) != BMI160::RTN_NO_ERROR)
            daplink.printf("Failed to set accelerometer power mode\r\n");
        BMI160::AccConfig accConfig;
        //example of using getSensorConfig
        if(imu.getSensorConfig(accConfig) == BMI160::RTN_NO_ERROR)
            daplink.printf("ACC Range = %d\n", accConfig.range);
            daplink.printf("ACC UnderSampling = %d\r\n", accConfig.us);
            daplink.printf("ACC BandWidthParam = %d\r\n", accConfig.bwp);
            daplink.printf("ACC OutputDataRate = %d\r\n\n", accConfig.odr);
            daplink.printf("Failed to get accelerometer configuration\n");
        //example of setting user defined configuration
        accConfig.range = BMI160::SENS_4G;
        accConfig.us = BMI160::ACC_US_OFF;
        accConfig.bwp = BMI160::ACC_BWP_2;
        accConfig.odr = BMI160::ACC_ODR_8;
        if(imu.setSensorConfig(accConfig) == BMI160::RTN_NO_ERROR)
            daplink.printf("ACC Range = %d\n", accConfig.range);
            daplink.printf("ACC UnderSampling = %d\r\n", accConfig.us);
            daplink.printf("ACC BandWidthParam = %d\r\n", accConfig.bwp);
            daplink.printf("ACC OutputDataRate = %d\r\n\n", accConfig.odr);
            daplink.printf("Failed to set accelerometer configuration\n");
        BMI160::GyroConfig gyroConfig;
        if(imu.getSensorConfig(gyroConfig) == BMI160::RTN_NO_ERROR)
            daplink.printf("GYRO Range = %d\r\n", gyroConfig.range);
            daplink.printf("GYRO BandWidthParam = %d\r\n", gyroConfig.bwp);
            daplink.printf("GYRO OutputDataRate = %d\r\n\n", gyroConfig.odr);
            daplink.printf("Failed to get gyroscope configuration\r\n");
        printf("\033[H");  //home
        printf("\033[0J");  //erase from cursor to end of screen
        if(failures == 0)
            float imuTemperature;
            BMI160::SensorData accData;
            BMI160::SensorData gyroData;
            BMI160::SensorTime sensorTime;
                unsigned int val;
                //val = Get_MCP3208(0);
                imu.getGyroAccXYZandSensorTime(accData, gyroData, sensorTime, accConfig.range, gyroConfig.range);
                daplink.printf("\033[H");  //home
                daplink.printf("%s\r",RED); //Turn cursor red
                daplink.printf("ACC xAxis = %s%4.3f\r\n", "\033[K", accData.xAxis.scaled);
                daplink.printf("ACC yAxis = %s%4.3f\r\n", "\033[K", accData.yAxis.scaled);
                daplink.printf("ACC zAxis = %s%4.3f\r\n\n", "\033[K", accData.zAxis.scaled);
                daplink.printf("%s\r",BLUE); //Turn cursor blue
                daplink.printf("GYRO xAxis = %s%5.1f\r\n","\033[K", gyroData.xAxis.scaled);
                daplink.printf("GYRO yAxis = %s%5.1f\r\n", "\033[K", gyroData.yAxis.scaled);
                daplink.printf("GYRO zAxis = %s%5.1f\r\n\n", "\033[K", gyroData.zAxis.scaled);
                daplink.printf("%s\r",GREEN); //Turn cursor green
                daplink.printf("Sensor Time = %s%f\r\n", "\033[K", sensorTime.seconds);
                daplink.printf("Sensor Temperature = %s%5.3f\r\n", "\033[K", imuTemperature);
                float ad_val = adc1.read();
                daplink.printf("%s\r",LIGHT_GRAY); //Turn cursor light grey
                daplink.printf("ADC = %s%5.3f\r\n", "\033[K", ad_val);
                daplink.printf("\033[0J");  //erase from cursor to end of screen             
                daplink.printf("%s\r",YELLOW); //Turn cursor yellow
                int thumb, index, middle, ring, pinky;
                get_fingers(&thumb, &index, &middle, &ring, &pinky);
                daplink.printf("%d,%d,%d,%d,%d\r\n", thumb,index,middle,ring,pinky);
                gLED = !gLED;
                rLED = !rLED;
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