In 2006, Korean company LG introduced the first touch-screen gadget. And in 2007, after the advent of such a mega-popular variety of smartphones as the iPhone, touchscreen phones quickly won the hearts of users, pushing button analogs out of the market. Which is not at all surprising, since these devices included a set of functions that were not limited to phone calls and sending SMS. Combining the capabilities of a telephone and a PDA, they have been and remain very convenient to use thanks to the touch screen, through which the program is controlled.
However, the enthusiasm of users is replaced by sighs of disappointment, as soon as the cold weather comes to replace the warm weather. In ordinary gloves, the sensors of the smartphone do not feel touch, and if you remove them, after a couple of minutes in the cold, your fingers become icy and stop listening.
In order to write a message or talk you have to either go into the room or endure frozen hands. To avoid such situations, gloves were created specifically for contact with the touch screen. The so-called "sensory gloves."
Touch gloves - what is this invention?
This recently appeared wardrobe item has become indispensable for comfort lovers using gadgets outdoors in the cold season. It allows you to use the touchscreen function, keeping your hands warm.
The smartphone display responds only to the touch of a finger, responding to its impulses. Not a single thing can replace a person’s bioelectric field.
Unlike simple gloves that cannot make the phone work, touch screens are equipped with electrically conductive fibers that allow interacting with the screen of the gadget no worse than human hands.
The main material for the manufacture of touch gloves is wool or acrylic, as knitted patterns best convey the force of pressing the screen. However, gloves made of fleece, natural or artificial leather are also able to control a smartphone, the main thing is that they do not have extra seams that can impair the quality of the transmission of momentum.
Externally, these inventions do not stand out among their ordinary counterparts, except for the characteristic color differences on the fingers. The color does not matter, this is done by manufacturers in order to show that this accessory has a touchscreen function.
Gloves can be both female or male, and unisex. Despite the fact that for the most part they are created in a universal size, it is advisable to find those that will be on the arm, because the contact of the fingertips with the conductive areas is necessary.
Who invented them and why?
Incredibly, this thing demanded today has not been able to enter the world market for a long time and find its admirers.
These unique accessories are designed by the Dutch company Mujjo . The idea of improving gloves for working with touchscreens in them at subzero temperatures was discussed by various large manufacturers of gadgets for a long time, Mujjo was the first to offer an original solution and put it into practice.
It was Mujjo that invented the use of silver as a conductive substance that can make it possible to transfer impulses from hands to a smartphone through a signet.
Having no money for an advertising campaign of the invention, the company promoted it through the Internet, using a site specially created for this. Over time, she managed to attract consumer attention and create her own market segment.
Principle of operation
The principle of operation of touch gloves is based on the properties of the fibers that make up the contact elements. Of course, not the entire surface of the glove has transmitting qualities. In place of the fingertips (sometimes all, and sometimes only two or three) there are special contact areas. Only they are able to interact with the screen. Such zones are always marked in a different color.
As part of gloves, conductive fibers should be indicated, which in cheap models should be 5-6 percent, and in more expensive ones up to 13.
When creating gloves, the fragility of the screen is taken into account, so the contact areas are made of materials incapable of damaging it.
Advantages and disadvantages of touch gloves
Double requirements are imposed on touch gloves: they must warm and contact the display.
Their advantages are:
- ease of use (do not differ from ordinary gloves);
- contact elements are felt and do not cause discomfort;
- Do not violate the integrity of the screen;
- securely hold the smartphone in your hand;
- they are washed like simple gloves, according to the instructions;
- retain their functions after washing.
Gloves have few common shortcomings; claims may be brought against specific firms:
- difficult to use at very low temperatures;
- it is difficult to choose the exact size;
- appearance is quickly lost.
The most frost-resistant versions of gloves are able to function at an air temperature of at least -10 degrees. At lower rates, they may stop working.
Despite the fact that the Dutch company Mujjo is the first developer of gloves with a touchscreen function, their growing popularity attracted the attention of both world-famous manufacturers of branded accessories and small firms that create cheap products.
Today Mujjo is one of the leading developers of these products in the global market.
In Russia, the three leaders include:
Faberlic - the company offers a large selection. Its characteristic feature is the presence of conductive elements in all fingers.
iGloves - the company's products are reliable and durable, are made only from natural materials with the use of technologies that provide work with the screens of any gadgets.
Scroll - using high-quality materials, creates durable and durable gloves from different materials: wool, leather, suede, as well as their substitutes.
Touch gloves are the greatest invention that simplifies the life of a person using mobile devices. It makes her comfortable, protecting her hands from the unpleasant effects of cold and bad weather. Having such an indispensable accessory in your wardrobe, you can communicate with close people or business partners in almost any weather without delaying the resolution of urgent issues or pleasant conversations.