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  1. bellewitch

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    I live in upstate NY where it's been COLD lately. While walking the dog I thought I'd try out some location apps. To my surprise my Eris wouldn't register my touch while where gloves. Now I wasn't wearing mittens or big fat snow gloves but they were not tight gloves either.
    Has anyone else had this problem?

    I'm new to having a smartphone & touch screen so thanks for the help in advance!
     

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  2. MJL

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    I have only found 1 pair of gloves that work with touch devices so far. A pair of Foot Joy winter golf gloves. They have a soft fleece back, but are fairly thin on the material that covers the palms, so that allows whatever it takes to activate the touch screen to work.

    FootJoy.com Home Page > Men's > Gloves > WinterSof
     
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    Doesn't work with boxing gloves either.
     
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    The touch screen is capacitive, which means that it functions by electrical current. If you are wearing gloves, you are insulating the screen from the current in your fingers.

    From Wikipedia:

     
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    Use the trackball? Might be a pain, yes, but you'll still have warm hands!
     
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    The electrical current answer is correct.

    Get a pair of iPod compatible gloves and you are good to go. They are very warm, usually ski gloves and they have a "conductive/capacitative" compatible point to the finger. Marmot makes a really burly pair i use while snowboarding.


    ipod gloves - Google Product Search
     
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    I'll be damned if I pay more than 5 dollars for a pair of gloves lol.
     
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    Then you'll be hard pressed to find gloves that work with your device :)
     
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    I'm fine with that.
     
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    Just cut the fingertips off of your favorite gloves. It looked cool in the 80's!
     
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    I've had some luck with mine, they're fairly regular Italian leather gloves with rabbit's fur, and somewhat tight. Of course, the fingertip 'footprint' is huge so accuracy is only good for the occasional swipe, but it can work.

    If you can find some (thin?) leather gloves at a price that suits you, try that. :)
     
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    Or you can make your own capacitive stylus. Those work. I've noticed that a damp rag or sponge works on the screen fine.
     
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    Well that is probably good, then. :)
     
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    I just made an app to deal with this problem. SkiPhone
     
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    Neat idea, but isn't the normal bouncing around on skis or a snowboard going to wreak all kinds of havoc with that?
     
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    Nope, I have a couple layers to protect against that.

    1. You have to turn the screen on using the physical button before the app will listen for shake gestures. The app disables the keyguard when it's enabled, so you don't have to swipe to unlock.
    2. I tuned the shake gesture detector to look for 2 specific types of back-and-forth motion (only 1 triggers a feature for now). The accelerometer readings you'd get from the most extreme skiing/snowboarding would look a lot different from either of those gestures.

    I'm working on a camera feature that I'm going to trigger with that second shake gesture. Almost done...
     
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    Try a Google on "iphone sausage" to get some other cold weather ideas.
     
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    I have a coworker who licks his glove to use his touchscren and it works fine. Gotta get it pretty wet. Gross-out factor may be high but in a pinch...
     
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    For some reason, if I press a little harder than normal, I can actually use my phone with gloves on.

    Obviously, they aren't thick winter gloves though.
     
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    PS I launched that camera functionality in SkiPhone.
    SkiPhone
     
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    You can buy some isotoners for about 12 bucks that are made for touchscreens. I found some at walmart
     

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