Get a pair of touchscreen-compatible winter gloves for $14
Winter is a tough time of year, and not just because it's cold
out. No, the real hassle is that you can't interact with your
smartphone without peeling off one of your gloves.
That's because phone screens are capacitive, meaning they
respond to the electrical impulses produced by your fingertips.
(Yep, you have electric fingers. Who knew?) Put yarn or leather or
Gore-tex in the way and the screen has no idea you're tapping
What you need are smart gloves for your smartphone. Like these:
For a limited time, StackSocial is offering the Bazaared Touch Screen Gloves for $14 shipped
They normally sell for $29.
At first glance, these look like a fairly standard pair of black
knit gloves, save for the white fingertips and funny little bumps
on the palm side.
As it happens, the thumb, middle, and index fingers all have
conductive material woven in so that your phone recognizes your
taps and swipes. And the bumps are there for better gripping of the
phone itself, as the last thing you want is your Moto X slipping
out of your hand and into the snow.
These are one-size-fits all gloves made of acrylic acid and
elastic fiber. They're machine-washable and, according to Bazaared,
"just the right thickness so you can still reach into your pocket
or purse to grab your phone without having to take them off."
I think at $14 out the door they're a pretty awesome
stocking-stuffer. I'm planning to grab a few pair for myself and
some family members. Your thoughts? Veteran technology writer Rick Broida is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC World and Wired.