How to hack your own touch-screen gloves
Find out how to make your favorite pair of gloves touch-screen-friendly with this easy (and inexpensive) hack.
Those who dwell in cold climates know how it feels to be helpless when a phone call arrives and they're wearing gloves.
It just doesn't work.
Because smartphones don a capacitive touch screen--meaning, it responds to the static electricity in your fingertips--gloves block this "signal" and disable you from using your phone.
To fix this issue, some simply remove their gloves, while others cut off a couple fingertips, or even resort to flip-top mittens.
Luckily, there's an even better solution that allows you to transform almost any pair of gloves into touch-screen-compatible accessories so your fingers can stay toasty while you text your friends and surf the Web. Here's how:
- Your favorite pair of gloves
- Conductive thread (here are some examples.)
- Hand-sewing needle
To hack your gloves, simply make a few stitches at every fingertip you'll use with your touch screen. The thread (which has conductive material in it) will transfer the electricity from your fingertips and onto the touch screen.
This DIY is so easy that you might make these touch-screen gloves as stocking stuffers for all the phone addicts in your family.