Echo Touch Gloves: Review
With three teens or almost-teens, I’m finding gift-giving can be a bit of a challenge. Most of the things that they want for Christmas runs into the hundreds of dollars. Thankfully, there are some smaller purchases that teens love as Christmas gifts.
My girls spend lots of time with their iPods and other mobile devices. In cold weather, this can begin to pose a problem. Why, you ask? I learned why myself just a few weeks ago. I was trying to read on my Kindle Fire while sitting in the van waiting. When I tried to move on to the next book page — nothing happened.
What was the problem here? The gloves I was wearing were thin. A bit of research revealed an answer.
Touch devices use capacitive sensing. The device creates a electromagnetic field and detects movement based on the disturbance of this field. Skin is a conductor and will transmit electricity. The changes in the field can be precisely detected. Materials that cannot conduct electricity are called insulators. In my case, my glove was acting as an insulator between my finger and the Kindle. Since the electrical field is not altered by the glove, the Kindle did not detect my touch.
Happily, there are specialized gloves that allow people to use capacitive sensing devices. The fingertips of these devices are made of conducting, rather than insulating, materials. They allow you to use your iPod, iPhone, or other touch sensitive accessories with ease. I’ve tried them, and I can vouch that they do work.
Echo is a great place to shop for touch gloves — the perfect stocking stuffer for any teen (or adult, for that matter). They carry beautiful designs, from leather to dressy to casual to fun. They carry varieties perfect for younger kids as well, and some styles include earbuds too. With 44 styles to choose from, you’re sure to find the gift for your hard-to-shop-for teen.
Merry Christmas, and happy reading/listening!
Thanks to Echo for a pair of gloves to review.