This is a cross roads between Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical engineering. Gest really does make it look simple and great, but durability is a huge concern here.
The closest we could get to making a decent controller thats glove like would involve electrical contacts between finger tips and palm. This is mechanically more robust and involves fewer parts and can be washed (sweat, dirt, thane dust from slides).
If there is enough interest in making a slide glove remote, I’ll do a quick draft (I’m a BME, so its just a matter of finding the time to assemble and test).
The following demo commands can be routed like momentary switches to the PCB.
Make a fist (4 finger tips in palm): Accelerate.
Open your hand (no fingers touching): Neutral.
Pinch (3 fingers to palm, pinch index and thumb): Brake.
OK (Index and thumb): Cruise Control.
If you’re interested in this concept, hit me up. I"m looking to build a development team and this seems like the right place.
EDIT: Keep metal contacts on thumb and index finger. Fabric strain gauges on all the fingers can replace the palm contact, that way I don’t give up sliding.