after another rough week of classes, planning and discussions about projects without actually making anything, i needed a quick productivity break. iPhone gloves.
some quick background. the touchscreen on the iPhone and iPod Touch (as well as the older click wheel iPods and trackpad on Macbook/Pro’s) use the capacitance of skin to track touches. gloves generally prevent these type of sensors from reading (except perhaps very thin gloves). taking off a glove to use the phone is frustrating, especially when trying to momentarily check something that would only take a few seconds (text messages, e-mails, etc).
there are gloves currently available which work in a variety of ways, but i already have gloves which i use – specifically glove liners that i wear under my flip-back mittens when riding a bike in the cold. (of course, i’m not advocating using the device while riding, but it’s nice to check an incoming message while waiting at a traffic light).
the solution i used was to sew two pads of conductive thread into the tips of the forefinger and thumb. they are simple, knit polypropylene gloves from performance bike but any material would likely work just the same. the thread goes through the cloth and touches the skin of the fingers inside the glove. anyway, they work as expected – super convenient.
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