Do you happen to live in a place where winters can be unbearable? And every time you're outside, it just so happens that your phone rings? And well, because it's a smartphone, you have to take your glove OFF to answer it, which leads to your fingers becoming pretty much numb? Well that was the story of my life...until now. This little spool of miracle thread can save your life (and by life, I mean save your fingers from frostbite).
What You'll Need:
Conductive thread (with 1 to 15 ohms/foot resistance)
Total cost: $3
This miracle thread is actually called conductive thread. I ordered this little guy off ebay for something like $2 for 4 or 6 feet, but you can also buy it through my amazon store here.
Once you have your thread, the only other thing you'll need is a pair of stretchy gloves. I chose gray because then the thread blended in even more.
Turn the gloves inside out.
Sew an "x," a star, a bunch of little stitches, basically any sort of pattern, on the fingers that you use for your phone (I did my pointer finger and thumb on each hand). The pattern doesn't matter, the main point is to have it take up as much of your finger pad as possible.
Basically, the conductive thread transfers the electrical current in your body/fingers to the phone, which is otherwise blocked by normal thread (aka your gloves). So, you want to maximize the surface area of the thread touching your finger so the phone is more receptive to the touch. Now I'm probably going to hear from my nerdy engineer of a fiance that I explained it all wrong, but you get the gist of it. :)
Here's a picture from this step. I outlined my stitches in photoshop because you couldn't see them with the gray on gray.
Turn the gloves right side out and enjoy! Yep, it's that easy. (I must have deleted my finished photo but I'll take another one and post it later for you guys). Good luck!