Icy iPad? Touch Gloves Keep Hands Warm When Touchscreens Are Cold

Sure, iPads are cool... even cooler (but not in a good way) once the days shorten and the temperature drops.  Relaxing on a park bench with your tablet used to be so much fun but now you can't even feel your fingers as they skate across the touchscreen like Wayne Gretzky in his prime.

Wearing gloves solves one problem but causes another: you might be able to feel your frostbitten fingers but your tablet can't!

Touchscreens use a capacitive system that allows them to "feel" the electric charge in the user's fingertips. Wearing normal gloves shields that charge from the sensors in the touchscreen.

The solution? "Touch Gloves" manufactured with a special textile covering the fingertips that allows the body's electric field free access to your tablet's touchscreen.

Touch Gloves were exhibited and demonstrated at the 2010 Tokyo International Gift Show Fall 2010. The gloves are designed, manufactured, and sold by Alta and were originally targeted at salespeople and employees whose work often took them outdoors in winter.

Here's a video from DigInfo that shows Touch Gloves in action at the Show:

While similar gloves are already on the market - ETIP from The North Face and Telefingers, to name a couple - Touch Gloves from Alta offer a wide range of patterns on the back and, if economy (or stealth) is a priority, patternless gloves.

Prepare to pay 1,700 yen (about $20.50) for the patterned Touch Gloves and just 1,500 yen (about $18.00) for the plain ones. (via Japan Probe and DigInfo)