There are a number of gloves out there that are already designed to work with capacitive touchscreens (like the ones on your iPhone, iPad or Android device). But if you’re not in the mood to spend money on another pair of gloves, or you just already have a set that you really love, the 6 Stitch Kit can turn your pair into a set that works with your mobile device and keeps your hands warm at the same time.
The kit is pretty simple — when you get it, you get an envelope with a needle, a few strands of conductive thread, and instructions on how to sew the thread into the fingertip of your gloves or mittens so your finger inside is always in contact with the thread. That contact makes it possible for the gloves to work with your touchscreen. The makers of the kit say it should only take you a couple of minutes, and most people don’t even need the instructions.
When you’re all finished, any set of gloves will have at least one touch-sensitive finger — if you go light on the thread, you might be able to get two, so you can use multitouch gestures. The 6 Stitch Kit will set you back $US9, with $US1 going to the charity Doctors Without Borders. It’s available now and ships worldwide.