Glove Phone Redefines ‘Talk to the Hand’

by Matt Klassen on June 24, 2013

A British company may have given a new definition to the once popular phrase, “Talk to the hand,” developing a glove phone that seems more at home in the gadget arsenal of Get Smart’s bumbling spy Maxwell Smart than in the burgeoning field of wearable technology. In fact, the last project imagined by Sean Miles of theUK’s Designworks was none other than the iconic—but still quite hygienic—shoe phone.

Or for the younger generation, perhaps the thought of a glove phone will allow some of us to live out our dreams of being yet another gumshoe on the cutting edge of technology, Inspector Gadget, able to communicate with headquarters simply by speaking into our hand.

But alas, if you had hopes of talking into your pinkie finger while shoving your thumb in your ear, the sad part in all this is that it’s not yet a commercial project (at least I think that’s the sad part). Instead, Miles’ glove phone is part of a research project aimed at assimilating technology into every day products: A disturbing glimpse into our technological future.

What’s really strange in all this is not that people are dreaming up new ways to integrate technology and fashion—as the glove phone is actually nothing new—but that such demand for ‘wearable technology’ is increasing—or at least Google would have us believe so. Having already seen Google glasses and phone watches, who’s so say where this integration of fashion and technology will take us.

But Designwork’s Sean Miles is looking to explore the possibilities of this practically limitless genre, having already designed a shoe phone and now a glove phone, his reasoning being that seamless integration of technology into our everyday life will offer substantially more convenient mediums for interfacing with our phones.

In fact, in a recent interview with the BBC Miles presented his case for the glove phone, arguing that if the technology could become sufficiently sleek, getting rid of that technological bulk, it would not only return gloves to daily life—were they on the outs?—but talking into our hand is certainly more attractive than many Bluetooth earpieces, with the added bonus that the voice receive (i.e. your pinkie finger) could be held closer to your mouth.

While most wearable technology is still in the prototype stage, the problem I see on the horizon is the function all these wearable gadgets play: they’re all phones. Imagine if you will a geek chic technophile wandering down the street with his glasses, gloves, shoes, and watch all ringing simultaneously; overkill if you ask me.

But perhaps what Miles is after here is not complete head-to-toe adoption of wearable technology, but instead offering choice to those who’d rather talk into their fingers than pretend to be happy while wearing Google’s interactive eyewear, part of the technological dreamer’s push to introduce technology into every mundane facet of our existence.

Now call me old fashion, call me short sighted, but while I see the influx of wearable technology on the horizon, I just don’t see the point. Now shoes that automatically sinch up or a jacket that automatically dries me off after I fall off my Hover board into a fountain a la Back to the Future Part 2 I get, those are practical technological additions to everyday fashion. So if Miles really wanted to explore the future of wearable tech, maybe he should have just designed some gloves that, well, keep my hands warm. Technology can do that, right?

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Written by: Matt Klassen. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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