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How to use touch-screen mobile phones in the snow

January 13, 2010 7 Comments

Standing in the snow punching your mobile phone screen aimlessly with your mittens? Here are some tips from people on Twitter for getting your phone to work:

Carry grapes and use them to control the screen (via Lewis Milford).

Use North Face E-Tip gloves which have special pads to control the screen (tip by Marc Munier).

Back in 2006, the iGlove Multi gloves came out which had patented Playpoint technology on the the thumb and forefinger tips for better contact with the Click Wheel on an iPod. Apple has now patented an iGlove for use in the cold with its touch-screen mobile phones:

Apple's proposed solution is a "high tactility glove system" – a glove made of two layers, with a thick, probably woollen outer layer, and a thin internal conductive layer, replicating the human finger which can conduct electricity.

In the fingertips of the outer layer there are "apertures" through which the user can thrust his finger to press any bit of the screen while still protected by the inner layer.

(Thanks to Steve Ritchie for that one).

Tom Whitwell suggests sewing a stitch of conductive thread through the fingertips of any gloves, and they will then work well.

Dots gloves have space-age dots (or dots as we call them) in the finger tips. They are the iphone golves that feel gloveless apparently. (Thanks to SharkSEO for the tip).

Got any others? Leave them in the comments below.

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