Glove One


3d printing, wearable electronics, social media, open-source hardware


Glove One is a wearable mobile communication device. 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.


Glove One is not an exercise in innovation, but rather this project asks the question "What are we willing to sacrifice in order to participate in technology and social media?"

This research was published as an open-source hardware project on instructables.com as part of the Make it Real Challenge, where it received first place. Learn more here.

Glove One is a fully functional functional prototype, constructed from Polyjet SLA 3D prints, CNC-machined aluminum and stainless steel hardware. It is powered by a modified cellular phone circuit board by Burg.

Documentation of the creation of Glove One, from conception through fabrication, is available as an open-source hardware project on instructables.com

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Bryan Cera​

Assistant Professor in Object Making and Emergent Technologies

Alberta University of the Arts


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