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British designer presents glove phone

Wearable tech offers ‘natural interface’, says Sean Miles

The phone uses the thumb for an earpiece and the little finger as a microphone.
The phone uses the thumb for an earpiece and the little finger as a microphone.

The latest chapter in the wearable tech chronicle brings a whole new meaning to the term "handset". It involves a glove that behaves like a phone, the BBC reported over the weekend.

In a move that could have come from the commercial playbook of Apple or Google, British designer Sean Miles, of Designworks, has presented a leather driving glove that doubles as a working phone, using the thumb for an earpiece and the little finger as a microphone.

Miles used a Bluetooth device that would connect to any phone and a USB connector to charge the glove. By integrating the speaker into the little finger and the earpiece into the thumb, Miles aimed for "a very natural interface" with the glove.

"The challenges were focused around integrating the technology with the fabric of the glove," Miles told the BBC. "We really wanted to put something together that was part of everyday life and was useful."

While the project was never intended as a commercial venture, Miles was reportedly approached by UK-based mobile operator O2's green unit, O2 Recycling, and encouraged to experiment with wearable devices.