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  • How Cool Would You Look with iPhone Gloves?


    At first I thought this was really silly, but now can see the functional use…

    Apple has filed a patent for iPhone and iPod touch gloves. This addresses the complaints of almost all users in cold climates who wear gloves outdoors. The multi-touch devices depend on electrical responses from user’s fingertips, which are often blocked by normal insulated gloves. Users in cold climates must choose between waiting to use their iPhone until they get indoors or taking off those gloves…brrr!

    Apple’s solution is to construct gloves with a secondary inner layer that stimulates electrical feedback of human fingers when exposed to the outside. On each fingertip there would be pieces of material that peel back to reveal this inner layer. This inner layer is expected to deliver the same responsiveness as bare skin.

    The exact design is not known, as it’s speculated that “The technique could use either an elastic ring to open or close the openings on the fly, or could have protective caps instead.”

    This patent, although just released, was filed on June 28th 2007, the day before the original iPhone’s launch.

    I will never have to worry about this in sunny Florida ☺ But what about the rest of you? Would you consider buying “iPhone Gloves”?

    Source: AppleInsider | Apple files for patent on winter-friendly iPhone gloves
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How Cool Would You Look with iPhone Gloves? started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 45 Comments
    1. Kaas's Avatar
      Kaas -
      hmm, not all that useful, i use just thin gloves which are warm enough but still work on iphone,, just those thin undergloves or whatever u can call it =]
    1. smirkis's Avatar
      smirkis -
      if its really that cold outside, it must be snowing. and if its snowing, u shouldn't be taking your phone out anyway. its like wanting to use your phone in the rain, n being mad at apple u can't. if its that cold you probably are wearing multiple layers of clothes, and your phone is embeded somewhere in those layers. its hard to take your phone out of your pocket wearing big bulky gloves, let alone being trying to hold n use it with gloves, in the cold, in your multiple layers of clothing.

      :: ring ring :: "sup bro, im snowboarding down a mountain right now using my super cool iphone gloves n it worked!" :: falls ::
    1. KeviN | NiveK's Avatar
      KeviN | NiveK -
      im soo happy to be living in Miami!


      but then again, i would look good with those amazing gloves.

      mabye if i use it soo much i can zap my friends with it.
    1. tempid's Avatar
      tempid -
      Quote Originally Posted by smirkis View Post
      if its really that cold outside, it must be snowing. and if its snowing, u shouldn't be taking your phone out anyway.
      It just shows that you have never been to midwest.. cold outside does not mean it is snowing. With windchills nearing -20 does not mean I shouldn't answer my phone when outside. With one of those flip phones or other phone its breeze to answer calls even with gloves on. iPhone does poorly in that dept in cold regions. Anything to fix that is most welcome.
    1. Master Luke's Avatar
      Master Luke -
      imagine living in Russia or Sweden or some other similar place where it can be exceedingly cold without snow, you need thick gloves! I think these iphone gloves will be great!
    1. smirkis's Avatar
      smirkis -
      well thank god im born n raised in san diego california. screw all that -20 crap lol.
    1. Sullivan0930's Avatar
      Sullivan0930 -
      thats why we have headsets. and a text could wait, if its that cold. apple gloves = $300gloves. lol
    1. t4rdif's Avatar
      t4rdif -
      those kind of gloves already exist and the are not made from apple .... check it out yourself .... D O T S

      got theme for Christmas and it work pretty well !
    1. i3illy's Avatar
      i3illy -
      northface has gloves with heat tips already. i've got a pair of those and they work wonders!
    1. iphonestan's Avatar
      iphonestan -
      I live in a ski resort in Bulgaria and here it is minus 6 at the moment. I use my iphone for business so have to answer it all the time or do things on it when I am about.

      i wear a pair of driving gloves that have a leather palm and fingers and material on the outside of the glove.

      these work perfectly on the iphone, my friend has one and wears normal wooly gloves and cannot do anything, he is always taking them off.

      We basically just imagined that leather like skin probably helps conduct whats needed on the iphone screen.
    1. smirkis's Avatar
      smirkis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sullivan0930 View Post
      thats why we have headsets. and a text could wait, if its that cold. apple gloves = $300gloves. lol
      exactly! bluetooth or use the headset quick button.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Another patent filed by Apple and seeing as all the other patented features came to the iPhone, I can see this coming aswell
      I'm being sarcastic btw.

      If I get a call in the rain or whatever I always answer it anyway, a little water has never hurt my iPhone.....so far(reminds me of Homer from The Simpsons Movie lol). If I was wearing gloves I'd take them off anyway.
    1. blazingangel1986's Avatar
      blazingangel1986 -
      .... right not very usefull for me but i can see how some ppl in colder climates can appreciate it
    1. sn0ws's Avatar
      sn0ws -
      I've ran into this problem a many times this year already, I live him Grand Rapids MI where we get cold weather for about 4 to 5 monthes where gloves are important.. I'm not sure if I would buy gloves from apple but it would b nice to stick on something to my existing gloves so I could control my iphone on the lift or when I want to change songs...
    1. aussiebob's Avatar
      aussiebob -
      You can buy a stylus on ebay for around $5
      If you want to use your gloves just cut the end of the stylus and glue on the glove you want to use.
      Keep the other $295 for the ski week end and party hard methinks
    1. lllraverslll's Avatar
      lllraverslll -
      Here is a video on how to build you own

      Wireless Finger Phone

      Knowing you geeks you might have the spare parts already flying around in your house
    1. jrtek's Avatar
      jrtek -
      ahhhhh miami... HOME
    1. aussiebob's Avatar
      aussiebob -
      Quote Originally Posted by lllraverslll View Post
      Here is a video on how to build you own

      Wireless Finger Phone

      Knowing you geeks you might have the spare parts already flying around in your house
      Thats funny,talk to the hand Iphone style
    1. evolutionarymc's Avatar
      evolutionarymc -
      I live in Kalamazoo, where it can get very cold in these winter months. I purchased a pair of NorthFace E-Tip Gloves right before the cold hit. They work great!!! Not to mention they fit my style. All I need is a pair of ripstop shells to wear over them. It was in the teens and they were warm but when it dropped below 10 degrees the just didn't keep my hands warm. I would recommend the E-Tip from NF for a person that doesn't want a stylus and wears gloves a few months a year.
    1. rdwalsh's Avatar
      rdwalsh -
      I went through this issue last winter. I used to take transit to and from work. In the winter is cold and you dont want to wait outside, like I did. But you can phone the transit office, input you transit stop number and they would tell you where the bus/train was or how long it would be before it got to your stop.

      So therefore, in the cold these gloves would have been nice to have, then I wouldn't have had to take of my gloves and could just use the device. That was always a pain because it was painstakingly cold outside.