Milwaukee-based designer Bryan Cera took the smartphone and turned it into something you can wear like a glove, using numbers spread out across the underside of your fingers to do the dialing. It looks a little clumsy, but that's by design, too: Cera doesn't want a Glove One on every hand; he's trying to tell us something about the future.
Glove One, to state it plain, represents a future where our smartphones have become a real part of us, and our hand is now a vestigial limb replaced by a functioning handset:
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.
The glove works, too. In the video below, you can see Cera use it to call his phone.
I just finished reading Max Barry's Machine Man which, without giving anything away, is about a man so obsessed with technology that he starts to replace pieces of himself with improved components. Glove One immediately reminded me of that. After all — and I am generalizing like crazy here — if we use a hand primarily to access the phone in our pocket and that is its function, say, a third of the time, why not just build that right in?
Check out more of Glove One in the gallery and video below, and you can read an interview with Cera on Ponoko here.