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Wearable glove is a cell phone made from a 3D printer

One designer makes an artistic statement by creating a prototype of a wearable glove that doubles as a cell phone, but is his lofty theory of technologies integrated into the human body really that far off of the mark? Maybe not.

Glove One takes tech one step further

Milwaukee designer and artist, Bryan Cera specialises in re-purposed electronics and custom built circuits, and has now revealed his prototype of “Glove One,” a wearable glove that acts as a cell phone, and uses numbers on the underside of fingers to dial out.

Cera says his glove is not meant to be used by everyone on the planet, rather makes a statement that the creation represents a future where smartphones have become an actual part of our bodies, and our hands become a vestigial limb replaced by a handset. It sounds very Star Trek-like, but Cera explains, “It presents a futile and fragile technology with which to augment ourselves. A cell phone which, in order to use, one must sacrifice their hand. It is both the literalization of Sherry Turkle’s notion of technology as a “phantom limb”, in how we augment ourselves through an ambivalent reliance on it, as well as a celebration of the freedom we seek in our devices.”

“Emotional investment becomes physical,” Cera adds, “as the functionality of the device depends on the dysfunctionality of the wearer. While we enjoy the fantasies they offer, we rethink the technologies we construct and reflect on how they construct us.”

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Built with a 3D printer

Three-dimensional printing has come a long way, printing everything from columns for commercial buildings to edible chocolate, and now a cell phone glove, and while Cera has made many modifications to the device, in the video above, he actually demonstrates the working prototype.

The Glove One is no more than a prototype, but is it really that far off to think that Cera is right, and although his theory is very lofty, could we all have gloves or implants or chips or other devices that are part of us? We think Google is already showing their hand that they too believe in the future of technologies integrated with the human body, just look at the Google Glasses prototype.


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  1. MichaelHill1

    May 16, 2012 at 9:05 am

    WTF is with all of these comments with url’s to the same story? Comment about the story or STFU

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