Freehands are the leading brand of gadget gloves in the US and they're fortunately coming over to the UK just in time for winter. The gloves were designed by New York based Josh Rubin, the founder of CoolHunting.com, when he found himself answering his iPhone with his nose to avoid taking off his gloves. The hassle of the glove-or-phone conundrum came up at dinner with his father, Stanley Rubin, who has conveniently been manufacturing and selling gloves over the last 25 years. In a matter of minutes, sketches were drawn, the scissors were out, and the Freehands glove was born. Freehands Gloves come in two designs for keeping hands warm, Conductive Tips or Flip-Fingers. The Conductive Tips are great for any touchscreen device as special materials conduct electricity like your finger normally would, so you don’t have to take off your gloves to use the device. The Flip-Fingers are ready for anything winter throws at you while keeping your hands toasty by giving you access to your fingers by using built in magnets to hold back the flipped finger caps when you need them. Both types come in a range of different styles, colours, and insulated high quality materials like cashmere, leather, fleece and Polartech. Available from Freehands from £11 to £50. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a special deal on Groupon this Thursday to get a pair of Freehands Gloves for half price.
I’m sure most of us have had to walk around during winter time with freezing fingers as we text, read emails or make calls just because gloves are so soft and rubbish when it comes to operating touchscreens.
According to Tech Digest a new kind of touchscreen could be on the way which is specially designed to allow ‘gloved’ hand gestures, but until then there are a few different options available to ensure you can answer a call without getting frostbite.