So you can talk to the hand. Bryan Cera describes himself as a designer, and artist and a maker, and his projects exemplify those directions with a mix of practical, conceptual and technical approaches. Digital fabrication is an integral part of Bryan?s creative process, and he?s not new to combining laser cutting, CNC milling and 3D printing in his projects.
Majority of Bryan?s projects involve re-purposed electronics and custom built circuits. The end result doesn?t have to have a practical application, as long as the experimentation process is fun. Metals and plastics are Bryan?s favourite materials to work with, as they are accessible, easy to machine and add a sense of permanence to the work. 3D printing in metal is certainly on that list.
One such project is Glove One: 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.
Essentially, this is a prototype for a mobile phone glove with a futuristic armor aesthetic that evokes a fusion of Inspector Gadget and Daft Punk robot gloves. The glove phone is designed around components from wrist-watch cell phone that wasn?t getting much use. The structure of the glove was 3D printed from Super Fine Plastic to give the parts the best form definition. Bryan wanted to give the glove a smooth, shiny finish, and that meant a lot of sanding and several coats of paint.