Milwaukee-based designer Bryan Cera has created a piece of wearable tech in the form of a 3D printed glove that functions as a mobile communication device. Glove One is a functional design prototype, which features number, power and call keys on the fingers. It was designed as part of a series called Gadgets for Remembering the Future, which showcased as part of the UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts MA/MFA Thesis Exhibition.
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, 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.
You can sign up on Cera’s website to receive updates on how to make your own Glove One and there is a video demonstration of the device, which you can check out below: