So it's freezing cold outside and your all bundled up. then your phone goes off and that's when you find out you can't swipe to answer your calls. Actually you can't do anything on your touch screen without exposing your hands to frostebite. The reason for this is that most touch screens work through electrical tran-ductance. The screen senses a change in electrical charge and reacts accordingly. The gloves block the transfer of engery. But alas, there is a solution.
Smartphone-friendly winter gloves are expensive (and often ugly). Skip shelling out for store-bought gloves when, armed with a needle and thread, you can turn any gloves into smartphone-friendly ones.
Over at Popular Science, Taylor Kubota shares the simple trick:
1. Order silver-plated nylon thread (silver conducts electricity). This can be difficult to find in stores, but major online retailers carry it.
2. Pick a pair of gloves to modify. Although leather works, it’s harder to push a needle through.
3. Stitch the figure of a star or other solid shape onto the glove’s index finger with the thread, making sure it will contact both the touchscreen and your skin.
4. Bundle up and tap away.
If you’re looking for a small volume of conductive thread (and would prefer to skip paying $40+ for a whole bobbin of it), Etsy seller Urbanstein has small 15 feet packets of silver-coated thread in various colors for $5.
Turn Your Favorite Mitts into Gadget Compatible Manipulators [Popular Science]