How do Touchscreen Gloves Work?

How do touchscreen gloves work with smartphones?
Once upon a time touch screen devices used a type of screen called resistive touch screens. These screens were pretty simple. Basically, the screen would squish when someone pressed on it. The touch screen would sense where it was squished and register a touch input there. That’s why people could use pencils, pens, and wear gloves and use their smartphones or those handheld devices Royal Mail and Parcelforce postmen use!
Over the last few years, touchscreens have become more complicated though. Today, we use capacitive touch screens. These types of touch screens offer many improvements over the resistive type. For example, they can “see” more than one finger on the screen, which makes things like pinch to zoom and two finger scrolling possible. They are also a lot more accurate so you can quickly and easily interact with them – to use the touchscreen keyboard or interact with your favorite sports app! They are a lot more durable and have a much longer lifespan than the resistive type. They also aren’t as prone to mis-dials whilst in your pocket...
However, they present other problems - these touchscreens only work with certain materials. Here’s the science part… Technically, they were designed to work with skin. When a person touches a capacitive touch screen they create a disruption in an electronic field on the screen. The touch screen watches for this disruption and says, “Hey, someone just touched that part of the screen so let’s do something there.” Pencils, pens, and cotton don’t create the disruption needed for the touch screens to see. People often think it’s to do with heat – but it’s the disruption that is key!
Touch screen gloves work by simulating human touch. Don’t worry though, It’s not some weird horror movie kind of thing where the gloves are covered in human skin. It turns out certain conductive materials effectively mimic skin and create that disruption capacitive touch screens require to work! Clever huh? The fingertips of all our eGlove  sports gloves are coated in this type of material. They are also made to be the best Sport Gloves they can be!
So whether you are running, cycling, riding, walking, boarding or skiing – you can stay warm and connected!


Technology, Reviews

Our favourite Sports Trackers

Our favourite Sports Trackers!

One of the whole points of eGlove Touchscreen Sports Gloves is that they enable use of Smartphone Apps with your gloves on! So, with that in mind, we've made a list of our favourite ones!!

Don't agree? Have we missed one? Feel free to add your faves in the comments!

1) Nike + - Android / iOS - FREE - For us, this is where it all began - initially it was the only tracker you could get with an iPod Nano (with foot pod attached to your trainers). It synch'd to Daily Mile and was the most exciting thing ever!! Even now, Nike + is a great app with plenty of functionality. I've always found it accurate and easy to use. It's number 1 given it's importance in the eGlove story, but it's not one I use anymore.

2) Strava - Android / iOS - Free - Strava is our current preferred app for running and cycling. I think it's the community element that makes it so good. Personally I don't find it particularly accurate (overstates), and I find the fact it only goes to 1 decimal point frustrating. Also, the verbal feedback doesn't align with the screen (i.e. the verbal says I have done 3 miles say, and yet the screen is 20 - 30 seconds behind!). Hmmm... Am I actually talking myself out of this one? Have I mentioned the community / group element?

3) Map my Fitness / Map my Run - Android / iOS - Free - What I like about this one is the ability to track many different activities. It might not be the most accurate at doing that, but it's better than nothing!! When running, it's as good as anything else I have tried, but I don't know why it's not my preferred option. Good starter app for anyone getting into fitness - especially as it sych's with My Fitness Pal (another app but this time for counting and recording calories and weight!).

4) Zombies, Run - Android / iOS - Free but needs premium subscription - I tried Zombies, Run as I had heard so much about it. I hadn't thought it through though really as I don't like to wear headphones. Oops! So, Zombies, Run! puts you in the shoes of Runner Five, racing to save your life and the people of Abel Township. Zombies, Run! gamifies your running with radio play-style missions delivering an ever-unfolding storyline for players to enjoy as you run. It's pretty cool!

Others - I've tried Endmondo, Runkeeper and Runtastic (all Free on both Android and iOS) - they are all perfectly fine! In the end the key is to find one that does what you want it to! I think I am going back to Nike + perhaps because it's familiar!

Anyway, what do you think? Leave a comment with your faves and why!!


New to a sport or activity? Where to find help?

Technology is a marvellous thing!

Here at eGlove, we are luck to be able to speak to many sports people - and within that group we include anyone from the elite (Pam Thorburn, British Ski-X Champion, for example), through to new starters in any given sport or activity.

There a certain things that all newbies and intermediates will ask at some point - whether it be about kit, events, injuries, or a plethora of other things... So, where can you find the answers to those questions, and more general help and support?

Increasingly, the answer to that seems to be Twitter. Over the last few years there have been a whole range of groups that have started out, becoming great communities and a fantastic resource! Groups like @ukrunchat , @horsehour, @ukmarathonchat, @equinehour, @ukcyclechat to name but a few are going from strength to strength.

We've been a part of @ukrunchat #ukrunchat pretty much since it started, and we have seen it grow and become a vitally important part of many people lives and training - why? Well I think it's because many of these activities are quite lonely (for many that is the attraction) but consequently, there might be a lack of technical support in someone's real world, so Twitter and the chat hours become a great way of picking up tips, reassurance, equipment advice etc.

So, if you aren't already, get yourself on Twitter and find these communities! Please use the comments page to share the communities you can recommend to others!!

Team eGlove @egloveuk