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Consumer Electronics Show: The gloves don't have to come off

January 8, 2011 |  6:41 am

Touch screens put the power of technology literally at your fingertips. We've grown so accustomed to them that many of us go around tapping on screens simply expecting them to respond. This year's Consumer Electronics Show had no dearth of new tablets and smart phones sporting them.

They are a most amazing inclusion on so many of today's digital devices -- that is, until you have to use them in the cold. The lauding ends and cursing begins about when the temperature dips below 60 degrees and you have to remove your typing hand from the warmth of a glove or pocket. When you feel the chill in the air shift to a biting cold fusing with your exposed metacarpals, one inch of bone at a time. That's about when your tap-typing shifts from lightning fast to a tortured version of slow motion.

Well, glove maker Isotoner has a stylish solution in its smarTouch gloves. They work with any finger-sensitive touch screen -- tablets, smart phones, bank ATMs. The gloves retail for about $30 and can be found in most major department stores.


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-- Michelle Maltais