Don't Let The Cold Keep You From Your Touchscreen

By Jeremy M. Zoss in GearFest
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm
With the buzz building around the Vita, we've been thinking about touchscreen devices a lot lately. Most of the JD crew are big into touchscreen devices - phones, tablets, what have you. We're also very interested in the Vita and it's touchscreen capabilities. And while the JD crew is scattered around the globe, many of us live in places where the cold weather is still a factor. As every iPhone user in cold climates knows, touchscreens and gloves do not mix.

Which is why I love these capacitive touchscreen gloves from Aglove.
The feature these gloves offer is simple: When you touch a touchscreen, your finger and the screen create a circuit. Most gloves block that circuit, but conductive fibers woven into the gloves allow the the circuit to form by completing the link between the screen and your finger.

Do these gloves work? In a word, yes. I tried playing around with several touchscreen devices while wearing the Agloves and I noticed no significant difference between using a device with a glove on or off. In a couple instances with my tablet I noticed perhaps a slight lag (I'd say a fraction of a second) with my glove on, but it only happen one out of about 10 times. I'd call that a success.

The Agloves are nice and warm and fit my hands snugly, but unfortunately I won't get to keep them. My wife, who just got her first smartphone, has been frustrated by not being able to use it with gloves on. She took one look at my Agloves and claimed them as her own.

Guess I'll need to get a second pair. If you're interested, you can check them out here

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