3 Ways to Operate Touch-Screen Devices in Winter Weather

3 Ways to Operate Touch-Screen Devices in Winter Weather

Taryn Williford
Jan 3, 2011

Happy New Year, everyone! Here in Atlanta, we've been lucky to have abnormally warm weather over the NYE weekend. But now that we're back to the post-holiday grind this Monday morning, we see that the frigid air has caught up to us. Before we head out back to work, we're going to make sure our touch-screen mobile tech is gloved-hand friendly.

Get Touch-Screen Friendly Gloves
Now that so many mobile devices feature touchscreens—everything from cell phones to music players to e-readers—warm wear manufacturers have caught up and designed gloves that feature conductive fingertips. We were gifted a pair of these touchscreen-compatible Dotz gloves for Christmas, and we've been really impressed. But we know plenty of other retailers that sell 'em in different styles, like North Face for instance.

Make Your Own Gloves Touch-Friendly
Can't find e-gloves to suit your style? No problem. Just take your favorite pair and sew a little bit of conductive thread into the fingertips. It'll work just as well as any store-bought version, plus you have the versatility to sew thread into as many (or as few) fingertips as you'd like (most pre-fab touch gloves usually only have touch-friendly thumb and index fingers). Check out some instructions here.

Get a Nose-Dialing App
Why use your hands if you don't need to? We spot plenty of warm, gloved techies answering calls on their iPhones by sliding their nose across the screen. If you're not quite so nasal-dexterous, maybe a nose-friendly app will help. NoseDial, 99¢ from the iTunes App Store, gives your iPhone a mega-sized call interface, allowing you to easily make and answer calls with your schnoz, no matter how big and clumsy.

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