Liquid That Makes Gloves Touchscreen Compatible. Gloves are the part of winter chill season but it causes really disturbance when you have to use your smartphone, as your smartphones’ touchscreen does not recognize your command. There are some companies that provides touchscreen-compatible gloves but Nanotips is future of touchscreen compatible gloves. Nanotips, Kickstarter funded project, proposes an other solution: Using a conductive, polyamide liquid to add touchscreen capabilities to your any pair of gloves. The project has received an enthusiastic Kickstarter backing, racking up more than five times its funding goal of $10,000 CAD, or roughly $9,070.
The solution uses conductive nanoparticles to mimic the electrical conductivity of human skin, just like a normal touchscreen glove. Creator Tony Yu claims the solution will work on any material, from pricey leather to canvas gloves, for construction, golfing, cycling, skiing and snowboarding or any else. Yu hit upon the idea after purchasing an expensive pair of motorcycle gloves without touchscreen capabilities. Rather than buy a new pair — “touchscreen leathers are expensive and they wear down really quickly,” Yu says — he searched for a solution that would integrate with his current gear. The resulting conductive liquid is applied to the gloves’ thumbs and forefingers by swiping an applicator, not unlike applying nail polish. As it dries it soaks into the fabric or forms a conductive film on each fingertip, depending on the material. “It wasn’t so hard to get a product that would interact with a touchscreen device,” Yu says. “The hardest part was making it last long enough.”
The Kickstarter campaign offers two separate touchscreen solutions, Nanotips Blue and Nanotips Black. The Blue solution covers standard fabrics, such as knits, while the more durable Black treats leathers, rubbers and other thick materials. Each solution leaves behind a slight color residue, however. Blue dries to a translucent blue, while the more versatile Black is, well, black. Yu is still experimenting with creating a fully transparent solution. He also warns the Black solution may alter the texture of certain fabrics. At $22 CAD (or $20) for a single bottle, the solution is fairly inexpensive, although consumers can purchase actual touchscreen gloves for roughly the same price. The solution lasts for a few weeks (Blue) or months (Black), depending on wear, and can be re-applied. Blue treats an average of 15 fingers, while Black treats up to 30.