It’s getting cold out there [in Toronto, at least], and it’s time to consider bundling up and hunkering down for the long dark months. What better way to keep warm and bright this winter than to curl up to your iPad? But wait! What about the touchscreen? Doesn’t that require ungloving your hand and exposing it to the cold? You’re in luck though. There are plenty of touchscreen friendly accessories for which you won’t need to fully unsheathe. As always, here are some of them categorized by price range.
For the Budget-Conscious
Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to stay a warm iPad user, and there are a plethora of choices available. You can grab simple wool gloves with flaps that go over the fingers. They’re easy to find and very inexpensive. Alternatively, you can grab some regular wool gloves and cut the tips off the thumb and index fingers. Cheap, easy and ready to go!
For the Etsy and DIY Enthusiasts
A simple search for capacitive capable gloves on Etsy provides a large number of options for sale and it’s a great place to start your hunt. For those of us who are handy with the knitting needle, knitting your own pair of touch capable gloves would not only impress your friends, but also make great gifts to the tech enthusiasts in your life. Touch capacitive thread is a little harder to find in your local arts and crafts store, but it is a simple Google search away. [Robert Smith of Victoria BC sells them here, and ConductiveThread.ca even offers free shipping within Canada.]
Instructables also has some neat projects to help you make your own capacitive gloves too! You can find it here.
For the Stylish and Lavish
If you’re like me, though, you’re not as gifted in knit-craft nor have friends who knit as a hobby. There are a handful of last resort options available. Our big sister site iPhoneinCanada has offered some suggestions including Etre Touchy and the TavoGloves. However, there are a few other suggestions that ship to Canada. You should check out iPhoneinCanada’s reviews here [scroll down to the Miscellaneous Accessories section].
Keep in mind that Apple’s recommended minimum operating temperature is 0-degrees centigrade, so it’s not always the best idea to keep the iPad out in the cold for too long. However, that wouldn’t stop you from using it outside, would it? Let us know! Will you brave the cold to use your shiny new tablet this winter? How will you bundle up?
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