On this frosty New England morning, I stood outside watching my son play soccer, bundled up from head to toe, when my phone alerted me that I had a message. I fumbled to dig my phone out of my pocket with my gloved hand and realized that in order to check the message, I was going to have to expose my hand to the biting air. You see, most touchscreen devices, such as your smartphone or tablet, use a capacitive touchscreen system. A capacitive system has a layer that holds an electrical charge and requires a transfer of that charge to register your touch on the screen. This means that a typical glove renders your touch inert.
As I contemplated ignoring the message, I was wishing I owned a pair of “touchscreen gloves”. These gloves are made with a conductive thread sewn into the tips of the thumb and one or two fingers. The conductive thread allows the charge to be transferred and your touch to be registered, all while keeping your hands nice and warm.
So, if you find yourself outside during the cold-weather months and want to keep your hands nice and toasty while using your mobile devices, buy yourself a pair of touchscreen gloves. They range in price from $5 – $25 and are available from a number of retailers…. Like here, here, and here.