Make any gloves work with touchscreensSharon Profis shows how to make a do-it-yourself touchscreen-friendly pair of gloves that work seamlessly with your smartphone or tablet.
[MUSIC] There are many touchscreen-friendly gloves available for purchase, but if you don't want your options to be limited or you already own a pair of gloves that you love, there are a couple of easy ways to make any gloves work with your smartphone or tablet. The reason that gloves don't work with your screen is because the fabric blocks the static electricity from your fingers. So, we need a way to channel that electricity through the glove. The way to do that is with conductive thread. You can find this stuff online for about ten bucks. I have my thread and needle and my gloves. The plan is to sew a few stitches in to the fingertips I want to be able to use with the phone. [MUSIC] In this case, it's my index finger and my thumb. [MUSIC] For the thumb, I'll put stitches closer to the edge of my finger, which is where I would touch the screen for a pinch to zoom gesture. [MUSIC] Now if I did this correctly, it should work with my screen. It won't work with my fingerprint scanner, of course, but I should still be able to unlock my phone and enter my password. Oh yeah. [MUSIC] It works perfectly. Let's try that pinch to zoom. [MUSIC] If it's not working for you or the connection is inconsistent, go back and add a few stitches to make sure theres a good connection between your finger and the conductive thread. Another way to make your gloves touchscreen friendly is by using a product called Nanotips. It's a conductive liquid specifically designed to make any gloves touchscreen friendly. And according to the company, this will even work on those thicker leather gloves. My case, I have another pair of regular knit gloves that I'm going to try this on. But this time I'm going to make sure that there's a buffer between two sides of the fabric. For that, I'll use a spoon. So I'll just put the spoon up through here. And the way Nanotips works is you just use the brush to completely saturate the fabric. Whatever part is covered by Nanotips should work with your touchscreen. If you let Nanotips air dry, it'll take a couple of hours. But if you wanna speed up the process you can use a hair dryer, and that should only take a couple of minutes. Feels dry. So I'll take the spoon out, and give this a shot. [MUSIC] Okay. [MUSIC] So if you're finding that it's not responsive. You might wanna go back and add a few more layers of the solution to make sure that there's a really good connection. But, once you're there you should be able to use the gloves with your touch screen with no problem. And what's great about Nanotips and even the conductive thread, is that you should have enough material to take care of more than one pair of gloves. [MUSIC] [NOISE]