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  • Make Your Winter Gloves TouchScreen Compatible

    With winter right around the corner, things are going to start go get a little chilly. That might be an understatement for myself, as I live up in Canada, and when winter comes around, it essentially means no using the iPhone outdoors because of clunky gloves. That is unless you're a trooper and want to risk some frostbite.

    However, we have noticed a much cooler season for various parts of North America, so this could come in handy for quite a few of you who want to stay warm but still use their iPhone or iPod.

    Thankfully this little trick won't require you to have any sewing skills whatsoever, but you will need to be able to thread a few stitches without hurting yourself. You could always buy special gloves, but why do that when you can use your own gloves you already own and love.

    Such existing gloves in the marketplace include TouchTec, Dots Gloves (these ones look super nice, and inexpensive if you don't feel like making your own), as well as the good old rumor a few months ago that Apple filed for a patent on winter-friendly iPhone gloves.

    From [Instructables]
    Most modern touch screens use "capacitive touchscreen" which in short means that for a glove to work with a touch screen it needs to complete a circuit with your finger. So that's what we're going to do by putting some conductive thread between the screen and our finger.

    Supplies You will need:

    * A glove.
    * A needle.
    * 12" (30cm) of conductive thread.

    #1 Thread your needle
    You don't need a whole lot of thread, just a foot or so.

    #2: Sew a few stitches in the finger of your glove.
    On the outside try to make the stitches pretty close so it only touches the screen in a smallish area (about 1/4" or 6mm in diameter.) This will help your finger touches be more accurate.

    Tip: Don't make it too small! The iPhone, for example, will ignore small touch areas. If it doesn't seem to work very well, try increasing the size of the stitches on the outside.

    On the inside of the finger, it's actually good for it to be messy (See #3).

    3-5 stitches should be enough.

    #3: Leave some extra inside the glove.
    You want to make sure the thread touches your finger or your hand on the inside, so leave some extra. Leave danging thread on your knots, etc. You might even tack a bit to the lining of the glove

    #4: Repeat on other fingers (optional)
    If you use other fingers or thumbs to use your screen repeat the step on them too.
    Hope this is useful for any of you guys that have cold weather during the winter. If you have to take the bus everywhere, this could be a big plus too. And I would imagine this would be great for snowboarders.

    [Images from ChipChick and Instrutables]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Make Your Winter Gloves TouchScreen Compatible started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      anyone uses this ones?

      Dots Gloves | The iPhone gloves that feel gloveless.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      I may have to do this. I've grown tired of taking off gloves to use my phone. Either that or I'll just buy some that work...
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      where does one acquire conductive thread?
    1. clikzip's Avatar
      clikzip -
      benefits of living in florida , dont wear gloves unless im doing yardwork
    1. Apollo_316's Avatar
      Apollo_316 -
      Quote Originally Posted by clikzip View Post
      benefits of living in florida , dont wear gloves unless im doing yardwork
      You bastard... lol
    1. fisherg's Avatar
      fisherg -
      This worked great for me!
      Use a thimble when sewing so as not to injur your finger.

      If you're in Canada, you can buy the conductive thread here:
      SFE Conductive Thread - 117/17 2ply - RobotShop suitable for sewing machines
      or this one:
      SFE Conductive Thread - 234/34 4ply - RobotShop which is thicker and can be used with a regular needle.

      I used the 117/17 2ply with excellent results.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Yeah, I saw instuctions like these somewhere on FixYa, Instructables, or Make-zine when I wanted to know what I could do for my motorcycle gloves, but I haven't gotten around to ordering a spool yet. It seems like a waste to do just my glovesm so I wonder if anyone would want me to do their motorcycle gloves too?

      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Using your phone while riding your motorcycle??? That's dangerous!
      If it's mounted correctly it's no more dangerous than operating your car stereo when stopped. What's dangerous is going without hand protection just so you can advance the steps on your pseudo-GPS "Maps" app at a stop light or two.

      Also, you have no idea how frustrating motorcycle gloves make things even off the bike in the parking lot. It would be very welcome even for use purely when off the bike.

      Until then...
      Tip: For directions, set Maps to "list" view, take a snap shot (Sleep + Home), and set it as your wallpaper. Press the physical sleep button to show the lock screen with the wallpaper when you want to see the next step in the directions. Sure, it's missing your location beacon, but that's nearly useless once you've generated them unless you need to recalculate for whatever reason.

      Now, anyone have a way to control Pandora when using A2DP/AVRCP?
    1. djfantom's Avatar
      djfantom -
      Great thread . Wish I saw this before spending $40 on the northface E-tip gloves . FYI don't buy the E-Tips . They are thin and overpriced . Don't know why I bought em . Tho I was hunting for them for a couple weeks.
    1. techguy555's Avatar
      techguy555 -
      In my opinion the best bang for your buck iphone gloves are GLIDER GLOVES: Winter Gloves for Touchscreen Devices fairly priced yet better quality and versatility than some of the cheaper gloves.
    1. halbiz's Avatar
      halbiz -
      Excellent. I went down to the local sewing center. The owner said "try this, I'll give you a sample," and my wife is going to sew it on today (or tomorrow......). Will let you know....I'm starting on my older gloves first, left index and thumb only.
    1. thecartuner77's Avatar
      thecartuner77 -
      never have needed winter gloves this year with it being so warm
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by snap1500 View Post
      What happened to my post? I was first....
      Please say you're not serious and you know what happened to it.

      On topic: I just bought gloves that are touchscreen compatible. But that's because I needed new gloves anyway. If I really did have a favorite pair of gloves that aren't touchscreen compatible though...nah I'd still just go buy ones that are haha. I'm not too good with needles.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      lol, Annie. Check the date on that post