By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 12/08/2011
Multitouch touchscreens are the future, clearly, but they have one drawback, especially for those of us in colder climates. You can't use capacitive touchscreens, like that in the iPhone, with gloved fingers. At least not with traditional gloves.
Several companies have risen to the occasion to create gloves with conductive threads in the fingertips, allowing you to point and even perform multitouch gestures with gloves on. But with those gloves, you typically had to sacrifice style and/or comfort. If only a company known for gloves would enter the market! Well, they did. Isotoner should be familiar to most customers and they have done a solid job on their smarTouch line of phone friendly gloves. The gloves are available in a variety of colors, fabric (leather or fleece) and sizes for men and women.
The model I tried had conductive tips on the thumb and forefinger, allowing pinching and zooming. This should be sufficient for most use cases, short of three, four and five finger gestures. As we start to use our phones as a mobile wallet, via Near Field Communication (like Mobil SpeedPass) it will be important to be able to quickly touch a 'Pay Now' or 'Confirm' button. If you have your gloves on in zero degree weather, as I have all too often, you will quickly come to love your smarTouch Touchscreen Compatible Gloves!