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December 13th, 2011

Winter Technology with a Hidden Holiday Gift

By Miguel Gonzalez, CPE

Miguel GonzalezI recently came across these smarTouch Isotoner gloves and was initially intrigued by their feature to help me connect to my mobile device in the cold!

Essentially, the design of the gloves allows the user to interact with a touch screen device without having to fear the effects of the winter elements.  More specifically, “The thumb and index finger are embroidered with conductive thread that conveys an electrical impulse to the touchscreen. This unique patent pending construction gives these gloves exceptional performance, allowing for pinpoint accuracy.” But, from an ergonomic perspective, these gloves provide the user with a hidden holiday gift.  The gloves address a couple of risk factors that we know (over time) can contribute to ergonomic injuries.  Most obvious is the fact that the gloves eliminate exposure to low temperatures (known to reduce blood flow and tactile sensitivity). But more importantly, the intent of the smarTouch gloves is to eliminate the need to repeatedly remove and put-on winter gloves while one uses a touch screen device.  Over a 5-month winter season, you could potentially avoid hundreds, if not thousands of repetitive movements simply by keeping your winter gloves on.  This just may be the perfect stocking stuffer for you or any fellow touch-screen user!