Four Tech-Friendly Gloves For Texting In Cold Weather

Four Tech-Friendly Gloves For Texting In Cold Weather

Laura E. Hall
Dec 9, 2010

Every year, we feature a post about cold-weather, tech-friendly gloves. So as a follow up to our post about cold-weather accessories infused with tech, here's a glove-focused look at stay connected while keeping your mitts warm and toasty.

1. Power Stretch 5 Finger Liner, Unisex Gloves ($24)
These unisex gloves from freehands are iPad enabled, with a silicon lattice on the palm and conductive polyamide tips with silver plating on each finger. (The iPhone-friendly version features conductive tips on just the thumb and pointer fingers.) If these aren't your style, the freehands shop also has gloves in wool, fleece and cashmere gloves with foldable fingertips and nubbly palms for better grip.

And another option is the FIVEPOINT gloves ($39.44) with conductive fingertips, featured in an earlier post.

2. Acrylic foldable tip gloves ($14)
If you don't want to go whole-hog with the silvery palms, these acrylic knit gloves from Urban Outfitters have foldable fingertips and come in basic black and brown. Perfect for subtle style, if not keeping the tip of your forefinger warm.

3. DIY 'em
We've linked before to this Instructable for adding conductive thread to the gloves you already wear. But if you're more inclined toward needlecrafts, this Intermediate-level crochet pattern for fold-back fingertip gloves is free from Coats and Clark.

4. Forget the phone entirely
The "Text Glove" is still just a concept, but what an idea. Here, the glove is the texting device; letter buttons on each finger mean you can type out a message with a bend of the thumb. Messages are displayed via a small screen on the back of the wrist. It doesn't leave much room for emoticons or iPhone emoji icons, but with the small size of the display screen, it could well mean a boon for texting in -- wait for it -- shorthand.

(Image: Flickr member philip.bitnar licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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