I’d imagine people have been throwing the “call me” hand signal at potential dates while they walked away ever since the modern telephone was introduced. Now, Italy’s hi-Fun is turning the gesture into an actual way to carry on a phone conversation, thanks to a pair of Bluetooth enabled gloves.
Dubbed hi-Call, the standard looking gloves can be paired to any Bluetooth enabled phone within about 40-feet. A small speaker is built-in to the glove’s thumb, a microphone lives in the pinky and a set of buttons on the wrist allow users to accept, reject or hang-up phone calls.
If the paired phone happens to have a voice-dialing feature, users can simply hold up there hand, press a button on their wrist and speak to their pinky. Phones without voice-dialing, on the other hand, will need to be accessed and dialed independently. Either way, once a call is made, future calls to that number can be placed using the glove’s “last number” function.
The gloves sport a lithium-ion battery that, like most portable electronics these days, is charged using an included USB cable. hi-Fun says the battery should last about ten days on standby, or for up to 20 hours of actual talk-time. You’ll be able to grab a pair next month for about $64.