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Because the system relies on a database of relatively low-resolution 40 x 40px colour images it only takes up several hundred megabytes - small enough to be run on an average desktop computer, as seen here.
It only takes about three seconds for the user to calibrate the system, by pressing their hand on a piece of paper on a flat surface in front of the webcam.
Researchers within the computer lab are now investigating whether a pattern similar to the one used on the glove could be used on shirts to allow computers to capture information for whole body tracking.
You can see a video of the gesture recognition glove at work below.
Photo and video credit: MIT