Besides keeping your hands warm, touchscreen gloves enable one to have full tactile control of touchscreens, from zooming to texting, to scrolling and swiping. And, the demand for these gloves has been on the rise during the twenty-first century.
Some factors affecting this demand are:
- Increased use of touch screens on the job, such as with IPADS
- Smartphones used for phone calls
- Answering both job-related and personal text messages with smartphones
Our new digital world requires hands that can touch screens.
The increase in wearing touchscreen gloves is not seen only within the retail glove market. It has carried over to the workplace, too, for both convenience and safety, it makes sense that a worker would not want to take off their gloves. Comfort and functionality are two of the most crucial features workers look for in these gloves.
In this article, we highlight all there is to know about touchscreen gloves.
How Touch Screens Work
Most modern touch screens use capacitive sensing to pick up the touch. This is based on a glass insulator coated with a transparent conductor. When a finger—which is conductive—touches the screen, the capacitance changes, and the screen’s circuitry picks up this change and is able to zero in on the exact location of the touch on the screen. That information is then used to activate an app, use a keyboard, respond to a phone call, etc.
Touchscreen technology has evolved a lot in recent years, and gloves are quickly changing to keep up with user needs. Our natural hands guide the information we want to see on electronic devices by harnessing our body's natural electricity to set off electronic sensors.
However, what happens when your hands are covered up with hand protection? Unless the glove is incorporating capacitive touch functionality, you're not setting off any signals. Most gloves are made with non-conductive materials and, as a result, will not work with touch screens.
How do touchscreen gloves work? The two ways to overcome this are to use either a conductive coating or conductive threads. Conductive coatings can be used on the fingertips, or the gloves can be knitted with conductive threads. Many of our cut-resistant gloves have material made with the threads that allow for easy swiping of any electronic device.
Our Best Solutions
Our 9178NFO - Memphis gloves not only offer an ANSI A4 cut protection level; they are also touch screen friendly. This is based on the steel found in the thread, which provides users with an excellent sense of touch.
A lightweight, Hi-Vis Cut, and "Touch Screen Friendly"
Our other touch screen friendly gloves include the 96715, 9828PU, 960, and numerous other highlighted on our dedicated touchscreen catalog page. Choose the one that's right for your application. Below, we highlight some additional lightweight options we've recently introduced.
You can find the entire family of gloves that use Orange Kevlar® here.
Lightweight Protection Recently Introduced
An unfortunate statistic every glove manufacturer knows (and one that we have written about before) is that 70% of workers injure their hands because they were not wearing gloves. Even worse, the remaining 30% were most likely wearing gloves not designed for their specific application.
The white paper “2015 Workplace Hand Injury Research Study” found three key takeaways:
- Hand injuries are still an issue,
- Comfort comes first,
- Education is essential.
Comfort, listed as the second bullet point above, is one of the main areas we have been focused on for the last decade. Over the past ten years, we have introduced these new and more comfortable options:
Featherweight cut-resistant glove- 18 Gauge DuPont™ Kevlar® / Steel Shell
Ultra-Lightweight - General Purpose Nitrile Dipped Latex Free, 15- Gauge Pepper/Salt Nylon Shell
As you can see, we have been taking customer feedback regarding comfort extremely seriously. When we hear workers are not wearing gloves, because they are not comfortable, we know it is an area we directly influence and one where we can improve safety. As a manufacturer, we must do our part in meeting the demands of those needing protection while at work. Otherwise, our statement, “We Protect People,” is just an empty promise. For well over the past decade, you can see that we have been taking action and sailing towards the direction of our customer’s feedback.
For us, the next takeaway—education—then becomes the most essential stage. Keeping today’s safety managers and workers informed of the latest innovations is vital to moving that 70% statistic to a much lower number. This means educating safety managers, users, and distributing critical new technologies, such as touch screen functionality. We hope to accomplish this education portion by diving a little deeper into the subject of touch screen gloves.
How to make gloves touch screen?
- Some will recommend stitching the tip of gloves with conductive thread. We don't recommend this approach for those needing protection at work, as it alters the initial glove construction.
How to make touch screen gloves without conductive thread?
- There is a company called AnyGlove that makes formulas that make gloves touchscreen compatible. The U.S. Department of Defense has approved their product.
What material is on touch screen gloves?
- Conductive coating or conductive threads are the traditional ways of making a glove touchscreen friendly.
Warmest Winter Styles and Advancing PPE
UT1956Touchscreen Winter Glove, with cut-resistance and impact resistance
Protective gloves are critical to your workplace and your employees. As mentioned above, with over 70% of workers not wearing gloves the last thing a safety manager and company wants to do is provide employees with yet another reason to remove their safety gloves or not even put them on in the first place. Before we finish up, here is one more winter touchscreen glove:
Camo windproof / waterproof touch screen glove
From a manufacturing perspective, we recognize touch screen friendly gloves are essential for workers. Just like the safety manager, we do not want that 70% statistic to rise any further, which is why we have been incorporating touch screen technology into our gloves since 2012.
We welcome any comments, feedback, or suggestions for how we can best protect people at work.
For over 45 years, MCR Safety has proven to be a world leader in gloves, glasses, and garments. Whether it’s on the shop floor, an oil rig, or a construction site, we are there providing solutions to workplace hazards. It’s all part of our commitment to protect people.
No matter your industry, we have the personal protective equipment you need.
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