DIY Touch Screen Mod Makes Regular Gloves Smartphone-friendly

By Jason Fitzpatrick on December 4th, 2012

Smartphone-friendly winter gloves are expensive (and often ugly). Skip shelling out for store-bought gloves when, armed with a needle and thread, you can turn any gloves into smartphone-friendly ones.

Over at Popular Science, Taylor Kubota shares the simple trick:

1. Order silver-plated nylon thread (silver conducts electricity). This can be difficult to find in stores, but major online retailers carry it.

2. Pick a pair of gloves to modify. Although leather works, it’s harder to push a needle through.

3. Stitch the figure of a star or other solid shape onto the glove’s index finger with the thread, making sure it will contact both the touchscreen and your skin.

4. Bundle up and tap away.

If you’re looking for a small volume of conductive thread (and would prefer to skip paying $40+ for a whole bobbin of it), Etsy seller Urbanstein has small 15 feet packets of silver-coated thread in various colors for $5.

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Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/4/12
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