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QUICKVIEW: Isotoner smarTouch Gloves with Conductive Thread for Capacitive Touchscreens
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 10.11.10 - 19:02:53 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 21669x
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With the winter just around the corner on the northern hemisphere, it's time to think about the winter equipment and I'm not talking about smartphone, media player or digital cameras but about something which lets us use all the above mentioned gadgets: Gloves! In the early pre-iPhone days, it wasn't too complicated to use mobile phones and smartphones with gloves since most phones either featured a physical keypad or a resistive touchscreen which was used with a stylus anyway. However, with today's smartphones which mostly come with capacitive touchscreens but not featuring too many buttons anymore, most phones can't be used with gloves anymore.

Take Android, Windows Phone 7 or an iPhone as an example: All three platforms don't feature call send/end buttons anymore which means it's nearly impossible to accept an incoming call with gloves; not to talk about dialing a number since the iPhone and Windows Phone 7 only use capacitive touchscreens as well as most Android smartphones. A capacitive touchscreen panel consists of an insulator such as glass, coated with a transparent conductor. As the human body is also a conductor, touching the surface of the screen results in a distortion of the screen's electrostatic field, measurable as a change in capacitance. Whichever technologies may be used to determine the location of the touch, the location (of the finger's touch) is then sent to the controller for processing. However, this doesn't work with most of today's gloves because gloves aren't working as or transporting the human body's conduction.

The solution is gloves which are specially designed to be used with capacitive touchscreen displays. For instance the Isotoner smarTouch gloves which are specially designed for the use of handheld devices, smarTouch gloves are compatible with most touchscreen devices including smartphones, media players, ATM's and other devices which use capacitive touchsreens.

The glove's thumb and index finger are embroidered with conductive thread that conveys the above explained electrical impulse to the touchscreen and is - according to Isotoner, a unique patent pending construction which gives these gloves exceptional performance. Also handy is the gummed, non-slip palm which improves grip and prevents that the device doesn't drop in cold, wet winter days.

Furthermore, the Isotoner smarTouch gloves are water repellent which is also quite important during fall and winter.

However, the smarTouch gloves aren't sport gloves for winter outdoor activates like skiing or snowboarding but more the casual kind of commuting gloves. Even if they are pretty thin but fleece-lined and more feel like like goal keeper or cross-country skiing gloves, the smarTouch gloves aren't designed for arctic temperatures at all, but for this kind of city use when you walk from your parking space to the office or restaurant, etc. However, that's exactly when smartphones or media players are used and thanks to the embroidered thumb and index fingers on each pair of the gloves, these devices can also be used while walking in the cold. Since both thumbs and index fingers are embroidered, the smarTouch gloves can be used with the right and left hand - something which shouldn't be underestimated. Furthermore, the gloves are thin enough that the device can be well handled and for instance easily taken out of a pocket.

Final Conclusion

I've used the smarTouch gloves the recent days quite frequently because it became really cold here and I was super satisfied! Sure, it's yet not the deepest winter here in Munich but it was already cold enough to be unpleasant. The Isotoner smarTouch gloves look pretty much like my last year's regular gloves I've used within the city with the big difference that I don't have to take the gloves off now if I want to make a phone call.
All together, the Isotoner smarTouch gloves can be really recommended if you live in an area with frost and snow and they are not too expensive at all.

Available for men and women, women's smarTouch gloves are available in a variety of colors and styles and are designed for superior fit and flexibility; available in one-size. The men's smarTouch gloves are designed for superior fit and flexibility and available in sizes M, L and XL. The pair costs between US$ 30 - US$ 40 and is available from most major retailers in the U.S. as well as online.

Unfortunately, the smarTouch gloves are yet not available outside the U.S. but Isotoner is giving away two pairs of smarTouch gloves to the readers of the::unwired. All you have to do is following the::unwired on Twitter and retweeting "I want to win a pair of smarTouch gloves from @theunwired and Isotoner (full details at". Easy, no?

Terms and Conditions: This raffle is as it is and open to all residents of the U.S., Canada and the European Union until 19. November 2010, 23:59 CET. The winner must follow @theunwired on Twitter because the winning notification will be send as a Direct Message. Shippings will be paid, however neither the::unwired nor totes»ISOTONER will cover any duties or taxes which must be paid by the winner.

Cheers ~ Arne

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