Vortex Gloves Guide

Video Programming Guide

  • This video walks through all the settings you can adjust on your Vortex Gloves.
This video is not up to date with the latest version of the Vortex engine (Igneous). Much of the information remains the same, but you'll need to refer to the written guide for the latest information until the new tutorial is recorded.

Quick Reference Vortex Glove Guide

User Guide 
Power on with the mechanical switch. If you get lost or want to start over, power off and on again with the switch.
Short Press Next option/slot
Long Press Open menus, or confirm selection.
  1. Hold the button to enter the menu list.
  2. Once the LEDs start filling with white, release the button.
  3. Short press to go to the next menu color.
  4. Long press a menu color to select that menu. 
This is the menu reference guide:
  • Short press to re-randomize.
  • Long Press button to save and exit the menu.
Color Select Menu
  • Each finger represents a single color slot.
  • Short press to go to the next slot.
  • Long press to select a slot.
  • After selecting a slot, select the desired hue.
  • Next select the desired saturations.
  • Last select the desired brightness.
  • Hold the button on a color slot and release while its glowing red to delete that color.
  • Long press the button on the thumb to exit the menu.
Pattern Select Menu
  • Select from several lists of available patterns.
  • Short press to go to the next list.
  • Long press the button to enter a list.
  • Long press the button to save the current pattern and exit the menu.
Global Brightness Menu
  • Select one of 4 global brightness settings.
  • Short press to target the next option.
  • Long press to save and exit the menu.
Factory Reset
  • Hold the button while targeting the fingers until the countdown completes to restore all modes to factory settings. 
  • Long press while targeting the thumb to cancel and exit the menu.
Mode Sharing Menu
  • Click to toggle between sending and receiving.
  • While showing teal the mode slot is sending.
  • While showing purple the mode slot is Receiveing.
  • Long press to exit the menu.

Vortex Editor Menu


  • Entering this menu allows you to connect to the Vortex Editor program.
  • Short press to restart the connection, this can help recover the device if it enters an unexpected state.
  • Long press to exit the menu.

How to Set up the Vortex Gloves

  • Start by turning a glove part-way inside-out.
  • Feed each led tip into each finger starting with the thumb.
  • Be careful not to cross or tangle wires.
  • After the leds are in, put the battery pack in the glove.
  • Next carefully slide your hand into the glove, stay to one side of the wires and battery pack.
  • When you're done, carefully take the gloves off without pulling out the leds.
  • This process can take practice, don't get discoraged!
  • Improved methods for setup are in development!

How to Update the Vortex Gloves

  1. Plug the Vortex into your computer.
  2. Double click the reset button (the smaller button).
  3. Drag and drop this firmware onto the flash drive that opens.

Special Thanks

An extra special thanks to Daniel who has contributed immensly to the new Vortex Engine, Editor, and Emulator! Thanks Daniel, it wouldn't be possible without you!
And a huge shoutout and thanks to many of the other people who helped bring this project up to gloving standards, please check out and follow their social media accounts to show them our appreciation!

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