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Old 07-23-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Modifying riding gloves for touchscreen step-by-step

I use the Google maps app as my Vespa's GPS system. This was accomplished by completing a couple modifications that include:
1. mounting the iphone
2. providing USB power to the iphone
3. Bluetooth the iphone to helmet


The remaining issue to address is the ability to operate the screen with gloves on. Obviously, fiddling with the phone while in motion is not a bright idea. But, it would be nice to operate the touch screen (when at break) without taking the gloves off.


first try to operate touch screen with riding gloves, to no avail


first up....Anyglove solution. Promises to work on well anyglove.




directions. apply liquid, allow to dry.. repeat couple times...I really soaked the finger tips (index and thumb)


after 5x applications, I would say success rate is ~90% first try for thin gloves


repeat process for thick warm and safe heated waterproof gloves...Success rate ~5% a failure to work...on to plan B


metallic sewing thread (from ebay) linky here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/290883557297...84.m1497.l2649
ebay product title:
Conductive Thread -Silver/Black- DIY Touchscreen / Smartphone Gloves: 15 Ft/5 Yd at $5.00


my sew kit...I mean my wife's sew kit...hehehe


Stitch such that a finger contacts the metal thread. It is a soft thread, not like a wire, more like x-mas tensile


both gloves (index and thumb)


Thumb completed on thin glove, note the vendor recommends turning the gloves inside out. Can not really accomplish this with the motorcycle type gloves


stitching thru the warn and safe gloves


as completed


seam sealer for the warn and safe gloves.


apply to seam holes


both gloves complete, note only left hand is needed


iphone 5 in scooter mount



success rate now at 97% for both gloves
Review and observations:
1. the liquid "any glove" did not live up to it's expectation
2. Thread works great, but couple issues:
a. I likely broke the thumb and finger waterproof barrier liner when sewing in the thread.
b. It is abit unsightly
c. don't use these fingertips to itch a scratch on your face. the texture is like sand paper.
3. I would recommend going straight to the metallic thread or upgrading to gloves which are touch screen compatible.
Enjoy!
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:43 PM   #2
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:46 AM   #3
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The key to the metallic thread is be in direct contact with the thread. The touch screen will not react to the threaded glove unless there is finger contact with the metallic thread.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:30 PM   #4
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Saw these at the bike races from Adaptive Technologies:
http://www.adaptivtechnologies.com/a...roducts_id=244


They call them 'farkle fingers'. Dumb name, looks like a great product. Works with any gloves.
There are now a few glove makers putting something in the finger tips to make them work with touch screens.

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Old 07-28-2013, 12:14 PM   #5
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The simple solution. ..
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:23 PM   #6
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Saw these at the bike races from Adaptive Technologies:
http://www.adaptivtechnologies.com/a...roducts_id=244


They call them 'farkle fingers'. Dumb name, looks like a great product. Works with any gloves.
There are now a few glove makers putting something in the finger tips to make them work with touch screens.

I think this is what I have, or something similar. I got mine through Aerostich. Anyway, just slip on and go. Works fine, very simple.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:40 AM   #7
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Bought some of these at a rally last year and the work great, BUT they catch on velcro and pull off if you are not careful. Amazingly I have yet to lose one in almost a year, but more than once I thought I had lost it then found it stuck on a velcro patch on my jacket.

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Saw these at the bike races from Adaptive Technologies:
http://www.adaptivtechnologies.com/a...roducts_id=244


They call them 'farkle fingers'. Dumb name, looks like a great product. Works with any gloves.
There are now a few glove makers putting something in the finger tips to make them work with touch screens.

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Old 07-31-2013, 09:18 AM   #8
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The key to the metallic thread is be in direct contact with the thread. The touch screen will not react to the threaded glove unless there is finger contact with the metallic thread.
Keithm
I don't think this is correct. Any conductive material should work without the need for skin contact.

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Old 07-31-2013, 09:22 AM   #9
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Gloves

I found a 5 pack of these little silicone tips that are threaded on the back. They are small dome shapes that fit on the fingertip. There's a flat backed thin finger screw that has a sharp tip you punch through from the inside & then the silicone tip just threads onto it. I'll try to dig them out of my junk drawer this evening and post pics. They were found at the checkout area where all the last minute junk is located... close to the snicker bars
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:46 AM   #10
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Aerostich

Rider Wearhouse does have the touchscreen finger tips. They call them 'Thumb Dogs'. Another dumb name, same product as the 'farkle fingers'. Where do they come up with these names?

http://www.aerostich.com/clothing/gloves/glove-accessories/thumbdogs.html


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