Spock is an advanced Space Glove that enables an astronaut to functionally control equipment like Rovers, Cameras, Sensors etc by intelligently sensing his motor neural activity that are further translated into designated actions. It also comprises of an Android-based voice triggering unit that is programmed to broadly act as a Knowledge Repository serving an entire part catalogue, a real-time 3D navigational control, social connectivity, and various in-device actions as well

This project is solving the SpaceGloVe: Spacecraft Gesture and Voice Commanding challenge.


Spock Space Glove

Current challenges and limitations:

  • The spacesuit and spaceglove are relatively very rigid and make the normal human – machine interaction difficult.

  • Analog controls and touchscreens are the most common UI onboard a spacecraft.

  • The traditional UI’s require physical proximity with the instrument/device being used.

  • Spacesuit is used when the astronaut is outside the main spacecraft, and precision control is imperative.

  • For the first time, some innovations in consumer tech industry have outpaced the space research due to funding constraints, and can be leveraged in the latter.

Our solution:

Spock : Smart SpaceGlove that we have designed has a gesture control unit that senses EMG motor neuron activity from natural hand gestures performed by an astronaut in space and translates that into intended actions like maneuvering a rover, controlling a camera, activating sensors etc. beyond gestural control, a it is a complete voice-activated catalog containing information about spacecraft parts which is going to be helpful while performing repairs, it also serves as a navigational aid for astronauts out on a moon or mars walk.

Key Features Overview:

  • Gesture mapping and control via EMG motor activity.
  • Voice activated parts catalogue.
  • Point-and-know Navigational control.
  • Compass Control.
  • Real-time Health Monitoring.
  • Social Connectivity via Twitter.
  • Take selfies and lots more!

The following are two main advantages which Spock offers :

1) EMG Gestures:

  • Electromyography ( EMG ) electrical activity produced by the skeletal muscles.

  • Sensor detects the electrical potential generated by muscle cells when these cells are electrically or neurologically activated.

  • Our software interprets the different level of activity produced by different gestures and translates it into intended action

  • Highly reliable as compared to other gesture technologies.

2) Voice Control:

The Speech Recognition API provided by Google and the TTS engine primarily control the voice control module of Spock. There are primarily two functions performed:

  • Knowledge repository: The user can get information, location and other variables about the parts on the spacecraft etc.

  • Navigational control: By using the device sensors, the user can get information about the coordinates and celestial bodies simply by pointing the glove in any direction.

  • In-device actions: Certain commands have been programmed to perform internal actions like taking a selfie.

We believe that our concept behind Spock can provide a significant advantage over the legacy user interfaces like Analog and Touchscreen controls

Project Information

License: MIT license (MIT)

Source Code/Project URL: https://github.com/asharma1991/spock-space-glove


Website - http://www.spockglove.com/
Pitch Presentation - http://www.slideshare.net/arjit/spock-glove-nasa-space-apps-challenge-pitch


  • Amit Sharma
  • Arjit Sachdeva