Meet the Glove Phone, the opposite of hands-free

The Bluetooth-enabled glove seems custom made to allow writers everywhere to make "talk-to-the-hand jokes".

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Made as a concept device by Sean Miles at Designworks, the glove phone is actually a bit of a misnomer.

The glove phone in action. (Screenshot by Nic Healey/CNET Australia)

Rather than a self-contained mobile phone, the device itself is a repurposed Bluetooth headset built into a normal glove.

With the speaker in the thumb and the microphone in the pinky, the glove lets you talking on the phone by making the universal "call me" symbol.

The concept was designed to show how wearable tech can be integrated into existing apparel, rather than requiring purpose-built devices such as Google Glass.

"We look at a lot of wearable technologies in the studio," Miles told the BBC. "Really, we were focusing on bringing together a technology and everyday item that would allow you to get on with your life, without interfering with performing its everyday task."

While smart watches are definitely the current buzz in wearable tech, we can see that a glove phone would be rather effective in cold climes. Add in a discrete flexible touchscreen for reading messages, and this could be a real winner.