While we’re still waiting on a surgery that implants a Bluetooth headset into our head, these gloves from Hi-Fun will have to suffice.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this concept, but it most certainly is the first time we’ve seen the concept actually applied into a working prototype that is market ready. In fact, you can expect them out this October for about $70.
So what is it? Effectively a Bluetooth headset embedded into a glove that looks to be warm enough for a mild winter day. So instead of placing a headset on your ear, you simply raise your pinkie finger (the speaker) and thumb (the mic) to your face and walla, the long time hand symbol for call me is now actually a working phone.
Engadget got a hands on with the Hi-Call glove recently and while they didn’t explicitly say so, you can tell it’s a bit difficult to hear callers on the other end, at least in a loud setting. The Bluetooth components are built-in to the base of the glove, which also contains call controls and a Bluetooth LED light to keep you abreast of the pairing process. A single charge on the battery is purported good for up to 10 days in standby mode or 20 hours of talk time.
It’s hard to say how rugged they are, but let’s hope they can survive a snowball fight or two.