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01-02-2009, 09:01 AM #1How 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 glovesAppleChic
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01-02-2009, 09:09 AM #2
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 =]
01-02-2009, 09:19 AM #3
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 ::1.1.1>1.1.2>1.1.4>2.0>2.1>2.2>3.1>3.1.2 blackra1n'd
waitin on my white iphone 4
01-02-2009, 09:35 AM #4
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.
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01-02-2009, 09:44 AM #6
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!
01-02-2009, 10:40 AM #7
well thank god im born n raised in san diego california. screw all that -20 crap lol.1.1.1>1.1.2>1.1.4>2.0>2.1>2.2>3.1>3.1.2 blackra1n'd
waitin on my white iphone 4
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01-02-2009, 10:46 AM #8
thats why we have headsets. and a text could wait, if its that cold. apple gloves = $300gloves. lol
01-02-2009, 10:59 AM #9
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01-02-2009, 11:35 AM #10
northface has gloves with heat tips already. i've got a pair of those and they work wonders!
01-02-2009, 11:50 AM #11
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.
01-02-2009, 12:02 PM #12
01-02-2009, 12:10 PM #13
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.
01-02-2009, 12:20 PM #14
.... right not very usefull for me but i can see how some ppl in colder climates can appreciate it
01-02-2009, 12:31 PM #15
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...
01-02-2009, 12:40 PM #16
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
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01-02-2009, 01:47 PM #20
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.