These Smartphone Gloves Keep Texting Hands Warm

Brrrrrrr, it’s cold out there! But you have another thing coming if you think bitter temperatures will prevent us from using our cell phones at all hours of the day. But we can agree there is nothing more annoying than needing to remove your gloves every time you want to text, reply to an email or check your class schedule. Luckily, brands sellingĀ winter accessories recognized our need to text easily, and we started seeing gloves with special smartphone technology hit the market a couple years ago. Now it’s difficult to imagine gloves without the little finger pads that enable our emoji addiction.

How do they work exactly? Most smartphones use capacitive touch screens, containing a layer of material that holds an electric charge. Tiny amounts of moisture and oil on your fingertips allow them to conduct electricity. When you’re wearing gloves, it prevents this, and the screen won’t budge. So companies began to weave thin strands of metal in the fabric so the capacitive screens can still sense your touch. Pretty cool, right? Now that we have them, we totally can’t live without them. Check out a few of our favorites below so you too can keep your fingers toasty while you text.

[Lead image via Norman Pogson/Shuttershock]

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