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iPhone Gloves

Mod your gloves with conductive thread.

iPhone Gloves

It can be frustrating to have to take off your gloves to use your touch-screen phone. Capacitive touch screens sense how conductive your fingers are, and gloves are, well, insulators.

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Step #1:

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For this project, you\'ll need a needle and some conductive thread.

Step #2:

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  • To make a pathway for the electricity to travel, sew a small spot of conductive thread to the fingertip of the glove.
  • Be sure to leave a long tail of thread inside the finger of the glove to make good contact with your skin.

Step #3:

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Make many stitches with the thread to build up a conductive surface.

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  • To cut the thread, first leave a long tail inside the finger of the glove. Then repeat the process on the glove's thumb.
  • The hardest part about this project is doing everything left-handed.
  • When I paid attention to the way I use my phone, I found that the best place for the thumb pad was actually along the side of my thumb.

Step #5:

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  • Try your gloves out on your touch-screen devices and enjoy!
  • If your gloves don't work right away, try adding more conductive thread fringe on the insides of your gloves' fingers.
Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


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