Jun.15, 2012

As we covered earlier Artist Bryan Cera designed and manufactured the Glove One, a nicely crafted device using a 3D printer and parts from an old cellphone.

Cera documented the entire project in detail to take you through the process of creating Glove One.

To make a Glove One you need a used or new cell phone. You may also build a cell phone circuit from scratch but Cera chose to hack an existing cell phone to make the process simpler. He tested the available old cell phones and found out the small Burg Watch Phone had the perfect functionality for his project and he could also re-use the plastic button-caps, the battery, speaker, and microphone.

His little trick is to "remove existing switches or button membranes in the cell phone, solder wires to the copper-clad leads, and solder his own buttons/switches to the other ends of the wires."

Cera built a virtual model for this project using Solidworks. He designed "parametric" model of the finger as root dimensions that the glove can be easily modified to fit hands of different sizes. In the video below he explains how to alter the CAD Model to fit your hand.

components such as metal plates are made using a desktop CNC mill or laser-cutter. But Cera uses the service from Ponoko to 3D print plates for the back of the hand to house the cell phone circuit, battery and buttons. They were printed on an Objet Connex 3D-printer, using a proprietary ABS-like material that is cured using UV lasers.

Cera explains that "3D-printing technology would be my best bet for achieving the futuristic look I was after, and would also simplify the process of integrating the circuit and components into the design. "

To make it easier for everyone, Cera has uploaded the CAD files for free download. At Instructables there is a full tutorial on how to build the Glove One, so be sure to click through all of his steps to see the descriptions of each part of the process. This is definitely an very interesting wearable cell phone building project, and one that would be pretty easy to duplicate.

Images credit / Source: Instructables

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