Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has filed a patent named ‘High Tactility Glove System’ that could be used in many, many ways. Imagine using it to control your iPhone, iPod or even your iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook and so on. In particular, when you live in a cold climate, You’d get a kick out of being able to leave your gloves on. It is a bit of a pain to take your gloves off every time you want to answer a call or email in cold climates. Struggle to take off the glove, touch the screen, do whatcha gotta do, etc. With this new glove there would be no need for that! Simply leave your gloves on, and use your iPhone as normal.
Official patent description: “This invention is directed to a glove system for operating an electronic device. The glove system may include an inner liner and an outer shell. The liner may be formed from any suitable material, including a material that is thin, electrically conductive, has low thermal conductivity, and/or has an “anti-sticky” finish. The outer shell may include at least one aperture through which the inner liner may extend to operate the input mechanism of an electronic device (e.g., on at least one finger tip). In some embodiments, the aperture may be at a finger tip of the outer shell. In some embodiments, a closing mechanism may be used to maintain the aperture closed when the user is not operating the electronic device. For example, an elastic ring may surround the aperture such that, in its non-deformed state, the aperture is substantially closed. The user may elastically deform the ring to allow the liner to pass through the outer shell.”
You can read more over at the US Patent Office.
Apparently these ‘Dots Gloves’ have been around for awhile… There is a product on the market called ‘Dots’. These life-savers/gloves allow you to continue using your iPhone or most other touchscreen devices with your gloves ON.
Just what you may need! But unfortunately both styles that they offer are currently sold out. There’s a knit version for $15, and a wool version for $20. If you’d like to know when they become available, there’s an email notification signup right here that you can use. Good of them to offer that… I suppose it’s the least they can do!
If anyone out there already owns a pair, I’d love to hear about your experiences with them. Until I can get my hands on a pair, I’ll simply sign up for notifications… and wait.
For more information visit DotsGloves.com.