Totes / Isotoner recently sent me a pair of their smarTouchTM gloves to try out. The gloves arrival coincided with my daughter’s first ice skating lesson. So I grabbed them to bring along.
These gloves are designed to make it easy to use a touch screen in cold weather without freezing your digits. (Check out the video above for examples of why you might care about this.) Each glove has a conductive thread that is embroidered the index finger and thumb so you can connect with the screen without removing the gloves. “Great,” I thought. “I have to sit in that freezing cold ice rink on an already-cold day and wait – cheering on her tentative efforts at balance and backwards skating. But I don’t have to do it alone. I can bring my entire social network in there with me.”
It didn’t work out like that. We got to the rink and, even though I had warned her it would be cold, her attire was more about how good she would look on the ice than how warm she would be. When I pulled out these pretty teal gloves, her face brightened. She grabbed them and skittered off onto the ice to find her instructor. I considered yelling, “Bring those back! I need them to get on Facebook.” But there were a lot of other parents standing around and it wouldn’t look right sending my baby out on the ice gloveless so I could get on Facebook. So I just let them go.
In the car on the way home, I explained how bored I’d been – and cold – so she promised to go to her next lesson wearing her own non-digi gloves. So I did get to use them the next time we went.
And, as advertised, they made a good connection with my touch screen phone. Better, perhaps, than my own fingers. So I was able to send emails and texts and browse Facebook. And, even though I needed a warm coat and hat to keep from shivering in there, my hands were fine. I even wear them when I’m not using my phone.
The folks behind the gloves also asked me to tell you about their Facebook sweepstakes, where you can win a pair of gloves or an iPad. Here’s what they said:
We’re also running the “Give the Gift of Touch” sweepstakes in which your readers and a friend could win smarTouchTMglovesÂ and an Apple iPadÂ®. All you have to do is send a friend a virtual pair of smarTouchTM glovesÂ on Facebook. If they click on the gift, both are entered to win. Check outÂ www.smartouchgloves.com for the details.
And totes/ Isotoner has offered me a couple of pairs to give away to my readers. Is it cold where you are? Do you want a pair of these? Just tell me – in the comments – what the weather is like where you are or why you want to use your phone in the cold. I’ll use Random.org to pick the two commenters who will get a pair.