DIY – Turn Your Gloves Into Smartphone-friendly Ones
Winter gloves and gadgets don’t mix. Most touchscreens use capacitive sensing to complete a weak electrical circuit through skin and locate our tapping. And while wool, cotton, and leather gloves insulate hands from the cold, they block the body’s ability to shuttle electrons. Smartphone-friendly winter gloves are expensive (and often ugly), but you can make you own gadget-compatible gloves using a needle and a conductive thread.
At Popular Science, Taylor Kubota shares the simple trick:
- Order silver-plated nylon thread (silver conducts electricity). This can be difficult to find in stores, but major online retailers carry it. [here]
- Pick a pair of gloves to modify. Although leather works, it’s harder to push a needle through.
- Stitch the figure of a star or other solid shape onto the glove’s index finger with the thread, making sure it will contact both the touchscreen and your skin.
- Bundle up and tap away.
Other alternative option is to use a Capacitive Touchscreen Stylus. Chinavasion does not sell capacitive gloves, but USB heated gloves. If your hands feel cold while working on a computer, check out USB Fingerless Gloves for Men and USB Fingerless Gloves for Women.