Winter Is Coming – Control Your iPhone Touch Screen With Dots Gloves

by Klaus on September 28, 2009

in iPhone

dots_gloves_d200_iphoneIf you live in parts of the world where you see a real winter, possibly with snow and icy roads, then you might already know how cumbersome it can be to control your touch screen device with gloves on. Or if you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or another device with that kind of fancy touch screen technology, you might have found out that the screen pretty much only reacts to a human touch and not a stylus etc.

Winter + gloves + iPhone = No can do.

Stay In Touch With Three Dots

The help has arrived. US company Dots Gloves offers three gloves which will keep your hands and fingers warm and still allow you to use your iPhone, iPod Touch or any other capacitive touch screen device, I would imagine.

D105 and D110 are the cheapest gloves at $15 and $20 respectively, both are currently sold out. Their “flagship” is the D200 at $25 which you can pre-order, it ships mid-October.

D200:
Precision iPhone winter usage: three In Touch dots. Sub-zero protection: nylon shell, fleece lining. Drop-proof handling: microfiber grip palm. Superior style: seamless construction, no-frills design.

I could probably consider trying out a pair of the D200, if only I knew what size to pick. They don’t offer any 1:1 image you can print out and hold your hand over to measure what size might be best for you.

UPDATE: Less than an hour after I posted this, Dots Gloves responded to my e-mail and provided some sizes for me, so here you go:

S(cm) M(cm) L(cm)
Middle finger 8.5 8.8 9.1
Width of palm 11.5 12 12.5
Length 25.7 26.5 27.3

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christie September 28, 2009 at 21:12

That is such a great idea! I love to see new niches spring up to fill needs that previously didn’t even exist.

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Evan Kline September 28, 2009 at 23:22

That’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. Of course, even if I had thought of it, I would have had no idea how to engineer them. It is a great idea, although I don’t think I’d get a pair. I rarely pull out my iPhone unless I’m sitting down, as I tend to drop things. So, the vast majority of the time that I’d look at mine, I’d be somewhere warm anyway.
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Klaus @ TechPatio September 28, 2009 at 23:38

Yeah don’t you just hate those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas… argh 😀

I probably wouldn’t need the gloves that much either, but I’m a just a little bit interested to try them out – besides, even though I don’t commute with public transportation at the moment, I’m still getting out during winter for some geo caching fun every now and then. Couldn’t do it without my iPhone and it would be cold for hands/fingers without gloves.

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Evan Kline September 29, 2009 at 02:06

I’m going to have to try geo caching one of these days. I’ve heard a few people talk about it, and it really sounds like it would be interesting and fun.
.-= Evan Kline´s last blog ..Blog Comment System Shootout: Disqus vs. Intense Debate vs. JS-Kit Echo =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio September 29, 2009 at 09:25

I’ll do a post about it, maybe you can learn a few things 🙂

It’s definitely a more fun way – for me at least – to get outside for a walk every now and then. Just walking for the sake of walking bores me, so I don’t do it as much as I should. But when I get to use my iPhone and go on a “treasure hunt” in places I most likely have never been to before, then it gets a bit more fun and interesting!

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Ridiculous blogger September 29, 2009 at 09:10

Wish I could have that too!

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Ana October 1, 2009 at 23:47

That is very interesting. Would be even more interesting to get someone to test it out, and share with us their overall experience and see whether it actually works or not. 😀

Do you own one yourself?
.-= Ana´s last blog ..The deeper message from within =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio October 2, 2009 at 10:07

I own an iPhone yes 🙂

And I’m interesting in getting a pair of those gloves too, I’m just trying to figure out what the threshold is for importing good from outside EU to Malta. The total price for two pairs including shipping is $58, that’s 39 euros and I think the threshold is somewhere in the 30 euro range, for not having to pay VAT and customs.

Not that I would mind it, would happily pay if it could jsut be taken care of when the mailman delivers. But I have to go down to the post office headquarters. Getting there, and back, waiting in line etc, could easily take me two hours in total – and then I don’t think it’s worth it.
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Microsoft Opens The (Perhaps) Largest Data Center In The World =-.

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Ana October 2, 2009 at 12:00

Klaus,

Aside from the postal procedure, why don’t you think the Dots Gloves are worth it? (Aside from the obvious of course – warmer climate)
.-= Ana´s last blog ..The deeper message from within =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio October 3, 2009 at 19:00

Purely the postal procedure. It’s such a hassle and I might not even use the gloves that much. I just think it would be cool to try them out as I don’t really have any gloves, so might as well get some that will let me use the iPhone while I’m out.
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Google Removes The Pirate Bay From Search Results =-.

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Ana October 3, 2009 at 22:25

Fair play.
If you ever do decide to plunge and buy them, do let us know how you find them! We would love to hear your experience. 🙂
.-= Ana´s last blog ..The harmony of understanding others =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio October 3, 2009 at 22:42

Sure, I’ll do that.

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