In the grand scheme of things, if you need to remain connected or use your devices regularly, you’re going to need a solution that allows you to work these devices when it’s cold out.

Yes, right now it’s about 81 degrees AND we had an abnormally warm Winter. But when the snow flies again in the fall and the consumer goods divisions of every company under the sun (too much climate talk here??) focus on touch functionality, everyone will need to keep their fingers warm while still enabling the use of tablets, iPhones, touch-pad computers and even smart TVs if you keep your house cold.

To that end, the folks at the Joy Factory sent me a few pairs of gloves that just plain worked for my touch devices. In fact, I’ve tried a few types of gloves in the past that hadn’t been able to activate the screens on my devices because of additional protective layers we all put on our phones and tablets. The eGloves didn’t have that issue.

Seriously, who do you know who hasn’t put some sort of secondary film or case or BOTH on their iPhone, HTC Incredible or other device to keep shrapnel and other detritus from damaging the screen? Right! Nobody! But the eGloves were able to activate my apps, open my screens, slide stuff across and even allow me to play Angry Birds with easy.

The material isn’t scratchy wool either, so I didn’t get all itchy when trying to use these gloves. According to the literature (yes, there’s literature that comes with these), The Joy Factory says “carefully knitted with the finest fabric to keep your hands warm and comfortable.” And they are.

That’s it. They work. If you use your devices in the cold, they’re worth the $25 they cost.

4 Responses to “eGloves Touchscreen Gloves – Cold Hard Facts on Using Gadgets in Cold Weather”
  1. Ramon says:

    I’ve had a pair (actually 2 pairs) that I used last winter that I got as samples. And it wasn’t even a real winter here in Boston. My personal, and unbiased review:
    - works well with my iPhone and several Android phones that I have here. Really, there’s no problem handling your device with them. A slightly larger incidence of “fat fingering” the soft keyboard, but nothing unovercomeable.
    - However… the largest drawback… since they used finely woven metal wire, they actually conduct cold very well. As a result, your hands don’t stay warm in them. You can still use them when quickly jumping into your car, driving while waiting for the heater to kick in, etc. but I wouldn’t recommend them as your “main” pair of gloves in the freezing New England winter.

    My advice for eGloves would be to market them in California or Florida, where you see people walk around in ski suites and moon boots (!) when the temperature drops into the 60s. However, I don’t think that they’d replace my thinsulate-lined New England hardy gloves anytime soon.

    Great idea – next step for innovation is to use material that conducts electricity (really: extends the dielectric characteristics of your fingers when you get close to a capacitive screen) but that doesn’t conduct the heat (or cold) so well…

  2. lessons guitar bath acoustic…

    Jeff Cutler’s Gadget Report » eGloves Touchscreen Gloves – Cold Hard Facts on Using Gadgets in Cold Weather…

  3. hurtownia says:

    hurtownia…

    [...]Jeff Cutler's Gadget Report » eGloves Touchscreen Gloves – Cold Hard Facts on Using Gadgets in Cold Weather[...]…

  4. We absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s to be what precisely I’m looking for.
    Would you offer guest writers to write content for you personally?
    I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you write in relation to here. Again, awesome web log!

  5.  
Leave a Reply