Distance sensor for 0-5 cm range

I am trying to build a robot arm that I can control with the motion of my own hand. I want to measure the distance between my fingers and use it to control the gripper but I can't find any distance sensors have too high of a minimum range. Anyone got any suggestions?

You might consider some flex sensors. This response is to help you get started in solving your problem, not solve it for you.
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Gil

Thank you for your suggestion and I can see how I could use something like that but I don't want to use a physical sensor. I was thinking about something more in the lines of laser sensor but the ones I can find usually have a minimum range of 5 cm. Do you know of any light or sound based sensors with a minimum range low enough for the distance between two fingers?