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Date posted: 07/02/2009
Touchscreens and brain machine interfaces are currently fighting it out to be the next interface paradigm of choice. Touchscreen technology is far simpler, and has been making many great strides over the past three years. However, it has always had one strong disadvantage: In inclement weather, wet, freezing cold hands result from touchscreen use, as gloves and other finger protectors have always made fingers too big and bulky to effectively use touchscreen technology, whilst at the same time, masking tactile feedback with the glove?s spongy surface.
The first gloves specially designed for touchscreen usage are beginning to enter the market, in order to combat the problem. A far cry from the tactile responsiveness of an uncovered finger, they contain computing elements designed to extend the finger?s sensory abilities onto the outside of the glove.
Both Apple and 4sight Products are launching glove products which have electrically conductive gold-coloured material on the tip of the index finger and thumb, that is not at all squishy. Thus, when the finger or thumb are pressed to a touchscreen, it recognises that a ?finger? is pressed to it, whilst delivering the tactile feel back, straight through the metal.
Very cumbersome, and still turning slender digits into thick sausages, the gloves are a first step towards being able to comfortably use touchscreen technology when the air is cold enough to mist your breath.
Tavo, retailing the 4sight gloves
Another Apple Patent: Gloves For Touchscreen Devices
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