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Agloves Allow For Touchscreen Use On Cold Days

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the touch-the-screen dept.

Technology 140

Zothecula writes "With capacitive the technology of choice on the majority of touchscreen devices hitting the market, people have been coming up with all kinds of interesting ways to interact with their devices when the winter chill sets in and gloves become a necessity. Many South Koreans apparently turned to using sausages as a stylus but if you'd prefer not to be hassled by dogs as you type a text there are less meat product-based solutions, such as the North Face Etip gloves. Now there's another glove-based solution in the form of Agloves, which provide even greater touchscreen friendly surface area for your hands."

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140 comments

Make your own (5, Informative)

slifox (605302) | more than 3 years ago | (#34116948)

Or you can convert an existing pair of gloves into touchscreen-capable gloves by using a needle a little bit of conductive thread:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-A-Glove-Work-With-A-Touch-Screen/ [instructables.com]

Re:Make your own (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#34116976)

But these have silver! Think of your immune system. Oh, those happy, healthy fingers.

Re:Make your own (2, Informative)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 3 years ago | (#34116988)

Conductive thread usually is silver.

Re:Make your own (2, Interesting)

treeves (963993) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117044)

I wonder if metallic threads in the gloves will eventually scratch the screens. Would you use steel wool on your touchscreen?

Re:Make your own (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34117194)

Would you use steel wool on your touchscreen?

If the screen is glass then sure. Mohs scale of hardness [wikipedia.org]

Glass harder than steel and much harder than silver.

Re:Make your own (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118716)

I'm thinking that since those transparent plastic sheets for screen protectors are sold (I have one on my phone) that it is possible to scratch the screen, and since people are not using diamond or carbide styli on them, either the surface of the screen is not really glass or something else is going on. I also understand that anti-reflective and anti-smudge (polymer) coatings are used, and that these are probably softer than glass.

Re:Make your own (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34117386)

I can't scratch my touchscreen using a sharp knife...

Granted I wouldn't try that with a cobalt or diamond tool...

The Complicator's Gloves...in reverse? (3, Informative)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117698)

( http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/The_Complicator_0x27_s_Gloves.aspx [thedailywtf.com] )

Yes, gloves. Many types of them - also fingerless gloves. Easy to make from cheap wool ones - and in this case cutting just the tips of two fingers will be usually enough, making them only slightly less warm.

Re:The Complicator's Gloves...in reverse? (2, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117732)

Just in case someone from Digg is reading this... he meant cutting the tips of the glove fingers, not your own human fingers.

Re:The Complicator's Gloves...in reverse? (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118062)

Would be more fun if you didn't warn them...

Re:The Complicator's Gloves...in reverse? (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118374)

Doesn't work well for Alaska, fingerless gloves from now till April aren't viable.

Re:The Complicator's Gloves...in reverse? (1)

tzot (834456) | more than 3 years ago | (#34119946)

> Doesn't work well for Alaska, fingerless gloves from now till April aren't viable.

They are viable (for extremely low values of viable); you just have to keep on shortening the glove finger everytime the blue-black stuff at the edge of your hand finger falls off. With a slow enough shortening pace, you won't even notice that April came and you'll still have stumps to go.

Re:Make your own (2, Funny)

mr_bubb (1171001) | more than 3 years ago | (#34120000)

Or, you could just grow a pair of testicles and expose your delicate flesh. Pussies.

Re:Make your own (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34120556)

Disregard gloves. Use penis.

Sigh (4, Informative)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 3 years ago | (#34116984)

Not all touch screens are capacitive.
We also have good touch screens, which respond to actual touch, by any object.

Re:Sigh (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117272)

With the added bonus that you get to look at everything through a screen door!

Fix that and I might consider a resistive screen.

Re:Sigh (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118104)

I have a phone with a resistive screen (Samsung Solstice) and there is no screen door effect (aside from the LCD pixels, but I have to hold it pretty close to my face to notice them, at arm's length they're less noticeable than the ones on my laptop). So I have no idea where you're getting this from.

Re:Sigh (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118192)

from every resistive screen laptop I ever saw. HP and Toshiba made them, maybe 3 or 4 years ago.

Re:Sigh (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118236)

3 or 4 years ago.

You must be new to this whole progress of digital technology thing. May as well have been a century ago.

Re:Sigh (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34119088)

Heck my Treo 180 had resistive touch and no "screen door" effect. Only time I ever saw anything like that was a very early pocket organizer that had a grid of translucent dots on the screen.

Re:Sigh (1)

cheater512 (783349) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118324)

The N900's screen is considered one of the best available even though it is resistive.
No screen door - it looks incredible and many people have said its sensitivity is as good as or better than most capacitive screens.

Oh and it comes with a regular slab of plastic stylus.
Fits really nicely in the case and gives you extra accuracy in Angry Birds. :)

Re:Sigh (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34119058)

With the added bonus that you get to look at everything through a screen door!

Uh, what the hell are you talking about?

Re:Sigh (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34119070)

+1 I'm trying to delay my "upgrade" to capacitive touch for as long as possible. Luckily the N900 has a resistive screen.

Harden up (2, Funny)

kickme_hax0r (968593) | more than 3 years ago | (#34116986)

Alternatively, just don't wear gloves. Your body (hopefully) has a lower minimum operational temperature than your touchscreen device.

Re:Harden up (0)

Dare nMc (468959) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117878)

True if it is any Apple device, none of their devices (iphone, Ipad, Laptops) are rated for use below freezing. However most other manufactures of touch devices are rated for a wider temperature range.

Re:Harden up (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117880)

My touchscreen device isn't affected by wind chill, nor is it likely to come into contact with the pavement, even if I have an off while riding my motorcycle. I'd like to be able to use the Google Navigator on my Android while riding*, but can't really until I find a way to add a stylus...or until these gloves become available in a motorcycle version.

*For all the safety Nazis out there, no, I don't try to type in my destination while cruising down the street, but it would be nice to be able to change destinations or routes while stopped at traffic lights.

Re:Harden up (2, Insightful)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117970)

or don't use it outside. if it is so cold that you think you need a special pair of gloves to use your iPad, then maybe you should not be using it at the time and should put it away

Re:Harden up (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 3 years ago | (#34119030)

That was my first thought. Are people addicted to these devices that they must use them 24 hours a day? Can't they just NOT TEXT for the short period of time that they're outside?

Re:Harden up (2, Informative)

reason (39714) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118160)

Nope. My core body temperature, yes, but I've often found myself unable to operate a touchscreen because my finger-tips were too cold. When that happens, I sometimes resort to using my nose.

Voice command (1)

jrozzi (1279772) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117002)

I don't know about you but I will be using the speech to text and voice command features on my Droid X more and more during the winter when I have gloves on.

Re:Voice command (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117912)

Text to speech on my Hero doesn't let you change from Navigator to phone, nor start the text messaging app though.

Re:Voice command (1)

RulerOf (975607) | more than 3 years ago | (#34120342)

Text to speech on my Hero doesn't let you change from Navigator to phone, nor start the text messaging app though.

I'm going to assume you mistyped, otherwise your reply makes no sense taken in the GP's context, soo....

Let me get this straight... you're lamenting the fact that you can't use your voice to tell your phone that it should send a text message? Maybe someday these advanced phones we have now will allow you to communicate through your voice alone!

Migrating ipads (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34117004)

Just like the swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter, should not the ipad?

Re:Migrating ipads (1)

ricosalomar (630386) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117476)

Are you suggesting that capacitive touch devices are migratory?

Re:Migrating ipads (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118170)

No, but they might be carried by snowbird retirees fleeing to the Florida.

and what temperature are they good to? (1)

phyrexianshaw.ca (1265320) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117010)

I don't know about you crazy people, but staying alive is higher outdoors than using my touchscreen android. :P

here in Winnipeg Manitoba: we dip down as low as -42 degrees. (that's in Celsius, but it's the same temperature as fahrenheit.)

honestly, looking at my phone outdoors 8 months out of the year is the least of my concerns.

Re:and what temperature are they good to? (3, Funny)

Joe Snipe (224958) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117080)

we dip down as low as -42 degrees. (that's in Celsius, but it's the same temperature as fahrenheit.)

Actually that was Fahrenheit, you would write Celsius as -42 degrees. It's an easy mistake to make.

Re:and what temperature are they good to? (1)

phyrexianshaw.ca (1265320) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117106)

you just repeated what I typed. it must be an easy mistake to make. :P

Re:and what temperature are they good to? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34117842)

Whoosh!

Re:and what temperature are they good to? (1)

tzot (834456) | more than 3 years ago | (#34120056)

OK, I'll admit: seeing a "whoosh" below by an AC, I decided I'm missing the joke.

What I saw in broad terms: phyrexianshaw.ca stated that -42 deg C = -42 deg F, and you corrected that -42 deg F = -42 deg C. So either you didn't understand what you quoted (which I doubt), or there's an additional joke that I miss (quite probable).

Does the joke have to do with the fact that phyr mentioned that they are in Canada? e.g. Canadians are stupid and would make the pointless correction you made? Canadians insist on using Fahrenheit scale, therefore they would mention Fahrenheit first?

I sure hope I miss a good joke here (unlike the non-joke examples I mentioned) and some good person pops up to explain to me the joke.

Re:and what temperature are they good to? (1)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 3 years ago | (#34120394)

Would be even funnier it if were accurate. -40c = -40f, while -42c is slightly colder than -42f.

However, at those temperatures, I'm pretty sure I'd just call it f***'n cold.

Re:and what temperature are they good to? (1)

anss123 (985305) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117096)

My touch phone stops working long before it gets that cold.

Annoying since I use it as my watch.

Re:and what temperature are they good to? (1)

phyrexianshaw.ca (1265320) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117278)

as does about 2/3rd's of the equipment one can install outdoors. seriously, try finding IP cam's that are rated down this low: there are only a handful or two that are rated for us: and they're often pretty shitty cameras overall.

(note: something rated TO -40 does not hold up in -40. the rating is the extreme end and the chances it will work after experiencing this for any length of time are low) with temperatures ranging from -5 to -40 with additional 5-10 degree drops with wind chill: equipment gets replaced a LOT out here.

Re:and what temperature are they good to? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117758)

So you have a time-freezing device? That's cool!

Re:and what temperature are they good to? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34117184)

here in Winnipeg Manitoba: we dip down as low as -42 degrees. (that's in Celsius, but it's the same temperature as fahrenheit.)

Not exactly. -42 Celsius is -43.6 Fahrenheit. They are the same at -40.

Re:and what temperature are they good to? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117774)

What's minus 1.6 degrees between frozen friends?

Re:and what temperature are they good to? (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117190)

here in Winnipeg Manitoba: we dip down as low as -42 degrees.

Yeah, here in Edmonton we say that, too. But you and I both know those reflect unusual cold snaps, not the norm.

The reality is, an average winter day is in the minus 20s, and you can easily get by without gloves at all, so long as you have a decent winter jacket that has, like, pockets. 'course, if you plan to manipulate a touchscreen for even a little while, a pair of gloves isn't a bad idea, but even then, unless it's for prolonged periods, you don't need anything thick or bulky.

plain leather gloves (5, Informative)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117016)

I have two completely different pairs of generic off-the-shelf leather gloves. They're a bit klutzier than bare fingers - they're gloves, after all - but they both work well enough with my iPhone. I figure it's because skin has similar electrical properties to... skin. Or am I just really lucky that these work somehow?

Re:plain leather gloves (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117818)

I've kind of adapted my glove wearing a bit.

I'm used to having to work outdoors during winter nights, on occasion. It's a mixture of rapid moving and exertion and standing and doing nothing for hours on end. For this, I need a combination of things:

* nimble fingers
* good insulation for my whole hand

What I've come down to is a pair of wool mittens with a 'finger convertible flap' which turns them into fingerless mittens. Underneath these, I wear textured gortex gloves - basically, 'cop gloves', and/or (depending on the the type of work and weather) a pair of very thin bison leather gloves (basically some of the strongest leather available, by thickness).

This way, when it's cold and I don't immediately need my hands, I just flip the cover off the mitten. They're quite warm (as in, too warm to wear in weather over about 20F: you'll sweat too much), and the 'layer' approach allows me to take off and put on things as the weather changes throughout the day.

Not unsurprisingly, the same thing works quite well for hunting.

Re:plain leather gloves (1)

terwey (917072) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117850)

here it 'sometimes' works. it's a bit wobbly but it's enough to "Slide to Answer" ;) yup plain ol' leather... €3 for a pair at markets... ;)

Re:plain leather gloves (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117922)

I figured it had something to do with the water in skin (which makes it conductive, and thus act as one plate of a capacitor).

Re:plain leather gloves (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118458)

It may be that the iPhone is less finicky, or you may indeed have been lucky enough to select gloves that work well with a capacitive screen. My leather motorcycle gloves, however, don't work at all with my HTC Hero. I haven't tried any other gloves, nor have I tried any other touch screens...although, I wonder if perhaps it could be due to the fact that I have one of those protective films over my screen?

Re:plain leather gloves (1)

Internal Modem (1281796) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118792)

Try it while the phone is plugged in (wall or vehicle) and charging. This may be related to grounding issues with some of HTC's phones.

Re:plain leather gloves (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 3 years ago | (#34119220)

I'll try it, thanks.

Nanook (5, Funny)

paiute (550198) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117052)

When snowblowing, I change selections and volume on my iPod Touch with my nose.

Re:Nanook (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34117250)

I often find that I accept incoming calls with my tongue. Gross but effective.

Re:Nanook (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117332)

No way, no way, will l lick anyone's cell phone just to make a call.

Re:Nanook (1)

Ambvai (1106941) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117646)

Presumably, you'd be licking your OWN cell phone, not just anyone's...

Re:Nanook (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117810)

It might not matter, considering how riddled with bacteria touchscreens supposedly are. Of course, might not really make a difference either way, considering how riddled with them our faces and mouths are...

(really people, we are walking colonies of bacteria anyway, anything beyond basic hygiene doesn't make too much of a practical difference)

Re:Nanook (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117794)

Rule 34 about cellphones and/or get a room, you two!

Re:Nanook (3, Funny)

shikaisi (1816846) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118548)

Please, I beg you that no one tell us about any other warm body extremities that they use to operate their iPhone. This whole thread's going in the wrong direction.

Re:Nanook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34117388)

That's really cute.

1+ for resistive :) (1)

Ptur (866963) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117070)

This is EXACTLY why I love my n900 so much... resistive touchscreen, transflective LCD. Who started that stupid capacitive touchscreen hype anyway? I use my n900 a lot, day in, day out. The resistive touchscreen is NEVER a problem. Being able to scribble things down with a stylus, however...

Re:1+ for resistive :) (3, Insightful)

phyrexianshaw.ca (1265320) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117414)

At the end of the day it comes down to one reason:

capacitive screens are brighter.

Even though resistive screens may be superior in almost every other way: it's hard to sell something you have to look through constantly these days. people like bright, colorful screens: alas.

Re:1+ for resistive :) (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117672)

All the resistive screens I have ever seen looked like I was looking through a screen door, has that been fixed?

I have a capacitive screened device and actually have an app installed just to let me lower the brightness below the normal bottom level.

Re:1+ for resistive :) (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118218)

*Looks at his resistive touchscreen phone*

Yup, no screen door. At least, not one larger than the LCD pixels.

Re:1+ for resistive :) (1)

Ptur (866963) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118882)

Sorry, the screen on my n900 is more than bright enough, and I even added an extra screenprotector on top! Time to look at what the technology has come to today....

Re:1+ for resistive :) (1)

phyrexianshaw.ca (1265320) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118996)

first and foremost: let me agree with you. for you and I: they're more than bright enough. I don't know about you, but the first thing I do with any new devices is turn them way the frack down! :P

it's a simple fact of technology: not something that's solvable through any sort of breakthrough:

capacitance does not require contact with anything. you can measure the capacitance an object exhibits without contact: where as with the effect of resistivity you require some form of physical disruption.

think of it in terms of uses: capacitive touch screens are wonderful in the medical field, where you can wrap the device in a plastic bag, and all the touchscreen has to do is zero the area capacitance prior to your contact with the screen. try covering a phone with a resistive touch screen with a bag and using it. best of luck!

Plasma's and LCD's were constantly (even to this day) complained about over brightness. unless it's a high quality screen blacks get washed out, or colors have too low of contrast. add a pair of resistive touch films to the top, and the design side get's more and more complicated: driving up costs.

at this point, it's not a matter of science: that's the easy part. it's pleasing people by balancing things in the right combinations. that's an art.

i just met this lady! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34117132)

i just met the lady who started this company, and she is batshit crazy!!! but her products are bomb and reasonably priced, so more power to her. she literally operated at a mile a minute, and jumped from subject to subject without any correlation

A Dog-Resistant Sausage Stylus Already Exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34117136)

Bee's Brats makes a delicious link loaded with angry bees that will attack any dog (all dogs) stupid enough to eat one.

N1 (5, Insightful)

Jethro (14165) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117144)

When I use my thin (i.e., down to 40 degrees) gloves, my Nexus One works just fine. I can also use it through plastic bags and clothing, which is a bit weird when you're trying to clean some smudges off the screen with your shirt (and yes, I have a screen protector).

However, it does get down to -40 around here and nobody makes gloves that'll work on a screen when it's THAT cold. That's more about the gloves being crazy thick/insulating, though. I suppose I could sew some conductive thread through my gloves on my own, but then that'll conduct the cold right into my gloves, too.

Which is why I wish my phone had SOME physical buttons, say, for ANSWERING and HANGING UP. It's a bit ridiculous to have to take my gloves off to answer a call by swiping across the screen.

Re:N1 (2, Insightful)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117700)

This is yet another reason why I really can't get excited about modern touchscreen phones.

OK, so it's got a 4.5" display. Awesome.

Can I use it during the winter? No. The screen/input method doesn't even work during fall weather in most of upper North America.

Can I use the phone without looking at it? No. I've basically got to look at what I'm inputting, as I'm inputting it, regardless of how good the input method is: there's no tactility. That's great for answering the phone when I've got my glasses off, or when I want to disable the alarm in the morning.

Unfortunately, all the newer phones seem to be coming out without a slide-out chickpea qwerty board. As crappy as they are, you get used to them, and input can be quite fast. Add that with capacitive screens being crap for anything but the crudest input and the newer, screen-only models being more expensive due to the 'ooo big screen' marketability, and these things have essentially become clumsy feature phones.

(Hell, newer phones have operating threshold specifications that are so narrow, they're basically designed for indoor use. Why not just use a landline?)

Re:N1 (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117942)

Making most of external surface from metal, glass, etc. seems also slightly bizarre. Those are materials which get, subjectively, damn cold and unpleasant to hold even when it's merely chilly outside.

Re:N1 (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117898)

Conductive thread isn't solid metal or it would just simply be wire; its usually a silver-coated nylon. If you don't want to puncture the gloves you can just as easily sew the thread through the seam(s) on the fingertips without increasing any exposure.

You'd probably need some fancy 11tybillion-decimal-place thermometer to detect any change in heat loss from the thread.

My Nexus One screen is flaky without gloves (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34118188)

My Nexus One screen doesn't work well at 50 degrees or less even without gloves. With no other experience, I guess I figured that was true of all touchscreens.

Re:N1 (0, Troll)

Mr. Freeman (933986) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118216)

"Which is why I wish my phone had SOME physical buttons, say, for ANSWERING and HANGING UP. It's a bit ridiculous to have to take my gloves off to answer a call by swiping across the screen."

What's worse, the crappy phone with an obvious flaw or the idiot who buys the crappy phone anyway?

Koreans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34117174)

Koreans hassled by dogs. Like they're afraid of their food.

I have a better idea. (0, Flamebait)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117252)

Man up, and don't wear gloves.

Also, this technology is a cover-up. What they are actually developing here is touchscreen-enabled gloves for GOTHS. We've managed to keep them in line, and contain the infection because they don't have access to human technology. This would enable them to conquer the world. Just say NO to touchscreen-enabled gloves!

Re:I have a better idea. (3, Informative)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117422)

Man up, and don't wear gloves.

In the real world day-to-day weather conditions can actually kill you if you're stupid. I strongly suspect you have never walked around in weather so cold that the humidity of your breath freezes your nose hairs and if the wind comes up you have to turn around and hide your face until it dies down.

Man up here and you die son. You die a fool, not a hero.

Re:I have a better idea. (1)

Chosen Reject (842143) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117656)

I'm fairly certain that there is a large swath of land in the "real world" of which you speak where day-to-day weather conditions couldn't kill you no matter how stupid you were, at least not on the end of the temperature scale where gloves are required. Don't confuse the real world with the location you chose to live in.

Re:I have a better idea. (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118670)

Never underestimate the power of stupid people to bring about their own demise. IIRC, it's possible to die of hypothermia even in relatively mild conditions, if there's a little wind and you manage to soak your clothing (for example, by falling into a creek or pond).

I feel pedantic. (1)

adolf (21054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34119856)

IIRC, it's possible to die of hypothermia even in relatively mild conditions, if there's a little wind and you manage to soak your clothing (for example, by falling into a creek or pond).

(Just to bring this amusing and generally enjoyable digression back to the topic of TFA...)

Yes, it sure is possible to freeze to death if you're a bit chilly, it's a bit windy, and a you're wet. But after all that, your fancy touch-screen phone is fucked anyway so no high-tech conductive glove in the world will help you call for assistance.

Re:I have a better idea. (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118846)

Don't confuse the real world with the location you chose to live in.

I do hope you were aiming for irony.

Re:I have a better idea. (1)

Chosen Reject (842143) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118992)

I just wasn't all that clear. I should have said, "Don't confuse the entirety of the 'real world' with the portion of it in which you live"

Currently in Alaska, spent the last 8 in ND (3, Interesting)

Firethorn (177587) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117674)

I am a self admitted Polar Bear. I wear shorts when there's snow on the ground.

In the middle of winder I will be wearing so many layers it's not even funny. Gloves? I wear mittons because they're warmer.

When they talk about it being so cold that exposed skin will freeze in less than 5 minutes, they mean it.

Ability to use the phone even with gloves would help occasionally.

Oh, and for the operating temperature thing - you keep the phone close to your body to keep it's temperature up.

Do LCD sreens work win winter? (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117320)

Do LCD screens even work when its 40 below ? I thought they would freeze up.

Re:Do LCD sreens work win winter? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117828)

They become FCD.

Just avoid Dots Gloves (5, Informative)

spetey (164477) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117358)

Just please don't buy Dots Gloves. I was excited about them, bought them months ago based on their slick marketing, and finally got them delivered a couple weeks ago - they looked nothing like the ads. They were a pair of the cheapest, thinnest wool gloves you can imagine, with some conductive thread clumsily sewn over the very tips of the thumb and first two fingers. Horrible, horrible, horrible - so bad I've been looking for opportunities to give them bad word of mouth for it.

MyGloves (1)

d0hboy (679122) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117752)

Interesting stuff. From the article's image, the AGloves seem pretty utilitarian. There's also a company MyGloves* [my-gloves.com] that produces gloves with similar functionality .. the difference is that they have conductivity elements on only the main digits of your hand (index, thumb) and they're stylized with different prints / marks / fabric, it seems. Just tossing that out for the masses to chew on..

Another score for my N900... (2, Informative)

plj (673710) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117872)

...in addition to APT, general hackability and real qwerty for fast typing.

It has resistive touchscreen and thus works well in -10 C, or so, when the gloves are not particularly thick.

Not that well in -25 C though, as using thick mittens tends to make touch somewhat imprecise. ;) But at least I can use thinner gloves underneath them so that I won't have to take them completely off.

I have used these... (1)

fritish (1630461) | more than 3 years ago | (#34117978)

and they are actually really good. They aren't the warmest things in the world, but because of their snug, stretchy fit, they feel like they keep your hands warmer than other loose gloves I have worn.

They are really comfortable too. The fabric is soft and stretchy, it's got a bit of spandex in it. The response using my Nexus One is fantastic. It's like I wasn't even wearing gloves.

----------------

Full disclaimer: I got mine for free in Washington DC. One of the creators, Em, was giving them out at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. That said, I'm definitely buying some as gifts for friends.

Resitive screens anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34118116)

Or use a resitive screen. Honestly - I love mine. It's more accurate and although not as sensitive a capacitive I find light touches work very well. And i can poke it with anything I want and it works.

Why isn't there a simple stylus solution? (1)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118130)

I know there are capacitive styluses in existence for sale online, and i know it's possible to make one yourself if you want to deal with the hassle, but why isn't it possible to walk into _any_ cell phone store and just grab one off the shelf? Multi-touch is great for some applications, but in a lot of cases you only need to touch one spot at a time, and a stylus is much more accurate and obscures a lot less of the screen. I don't understand why there isn't more of a market for them. And it would solve the cold weather issue without requiring you to get a special style of gloves.

Re:Why isn't there a simple stylus solution? (1)

demonlapin (527802) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118954)

Agreed. Anyone living in the Great White North able to comment? Where I live, it never gets cold enough to need gloves unless you're working outdoors.

What do you think the sausages are made out of? (1)

MrWim (760798) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118334)

Many South Koreans apparently turned to using sausages as a stylus but if you'd prefer not to be hassled by dogs as you type a text there are less meat product-based solutions

Hassled by dogs? For Koreans it's a virtuous cycle

I must be cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34118496)

because I use the "Russian engineering" approach--I just cut the tips of the fingers off.

Devices with actual keyboards still available (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34118730)

Surely a better solution than having to carry around special gloves for use with your Jobsian Fondle Slab*.

* (c) El Reg

projected capacitive? (3, Interesting)

hitmark (640295) | more than 3 years ago | (#34118750)

Projected capacitive screens are supposedly able to register fingers even when gloves are worn.

Use a hotdog (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34120332)

The Koreans are smart enough to use sausages as styluses when it is cold, why aren't you?

Link (http://www.tomsguide.com/us/South-Korea-Sausages-iPhone-Stylus,news-5815.html ).

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