ScreenReady - Stretch Pod Touchscreen Glove Adapters (2013)

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ScreenReady – Stretch Pod Touchscreen Glove Adapters (2013)

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Price: $19.99

The ScreenReady Stretch Pod Glove Adapters are easy to install and highly functional touchscreen adapters. At $19.99, while they would benefit from some minor design adjustments, these could be on the road to answering the conundrum of how to use your favorite non-conductive gloves with your touchscreen device.

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The ScreenReady Stretch Pod Glove Adapters are easy to install and highly functional touchscreen adapters. At $19.99, while they would benefit from some minor design adjustments, these could be on the road to answering the conundrum of how to use your favorite non-conductive gloves with your touchscreen device.

Conductivity

I should confess that I was initially very skeptical of these adapters.

Up to now, every adapter I have tried functions by utilizing a conductive cap or tip that connects through the non-conductive glove fingertip and somehow (safely) makes contact with the user’s bare skin on the inside of the glove.  The obvious drawback to any such adapters is that the user needs to puncture a hole through their glove in order to make the connection.  On cheap gloves this makes no difference, but on leather, waterproof, or expensive gloves, people are unsurprisingly hesitant to do so.

The ScreenReady adapters do not in any way puncture through the tips of the user’s gloves, indeed, they do not even touch the user’s skin. To achieve this feat of magic, founder Rose Breyla implements a polyester-based material that simulates the natural conductivity of a person.  Although I tried, Rose was tight-lipped about the specific material.  And probably for good reason – this is nothing short of genius, as it circumvents one of the biggest challenges faced by both the adapter and glove manufacturers – making a connection between the user and the touchscreen via the conductive material.

Construction

The construction of these adapters is solid and straightforward. Made from a single piece of cloth folded over itself and sealed inwardly on the sides and bottom, the connections are tight and secure.  The material stretches, so the adapters slide on easily, but remain securely attached to the gloved fingertips.

Ease of Installation

These are, hands down, the easiest glove adapters I’ve ever installed: one need only slip the stretch ‘pod’ over the tip of the selected glove finger and, voila! You’re done in seconds and can spend more time on those 140 character tweets.

Other adapters that I’ve tried involve poking holes, sewing, ironing, manipulating small parts and every other inconvenient move under the sun.  Indeed, this is one of the main reasons why I gave up on my own venture into this area.  Not so with ScreenReady adapters. Additionally, they aren’t permanent.  This means that, in addition to the fact that the ‘pods’ won’t mar your favorite gloves, these adapters can be transferred for use with any pair (or even shared with a friend in a pinch).  The small tin in which they come resembles a mints container, the top of which slides off for easy storage.  It’s a nice touch to the overall package.

Design

The design is about as simple as it gets.  And while simplicity is usually the best route in my book, these adapters would benefit from some minor alterations.

First, the sides of the tips could be tailored to conform with fingers more closely.  At present, because the material is simply folded over from a straight cut, the top of the adapters are squared off and awkward.  Although this does not affect the functionality in any dramatic way, it does detract from the look and feel.  ScreenReady founder, Rose Breyla, explained to me that ScreenReady are in the process of testing a more tapered design.

Second, it might be nice to see some different colors which could be matched to different gloves.  Square tips aside, these particular adapters would be highly visible on a lighter shade of glove.  While this may not bother the function-focused crowd, the fact that these look a little bit strange and unfamiliar will be a turn off to some of the more fashion conscious among us.  Moreover, since these are at least in part aimed to be used on users’ favorite non-conductive gloves, making them as discrete as possible is probably not a bad idea.

Overall Value and Conclusion

ScreenReady Stretch Pod Glove Adapters (which include two pods per box) are a really clever and highly functional adapter.  However, at $19.99 they seem a little bit expensive.  That said, with some minor design changes and perhaps a little bit of a discount, these could be many peoples’ answer for making their favorite traditional gloves touchscreen compatible.  Moreover, with their smart, petite packaging, they are easy to keep your regular bag (like a travel umbrella) so you’re always touchscreen ready.

Specs

Materials

  • polyester based fabric
  • sealant

Styles

  • one style

 Sizing

  • Small (generally youth)
  • Medium (generally women)
  • Large (generally men)

Gender

  • Unisex

Washing

  • machine wash
  • tumble dry

About ScreenReady

Rose Breyla is a textile product designer with 20 years of experience focusing on innovative fashion and accessories. In 2011 she set out to solve the touchscreen cold-weather dilemma, which led to the invention of ScreenReady. Made in the USA, ScreenReady is a textile-based adapter that makes any glove touchscreen compatible and is manufactured using a zero landfill production method.  I corresponded on several occasions with Rose and found her to be both engaged and engaging.  If you have any questions for Rose, or about ScreenReady, I would highly recommend reaching out as she is quick to reply and eager to help.

 

Conclusion Rating
Conductivity
4 stars
Construction
4 stars
Ease of Installation
5 stars
Design
2 stars
Overall Value
3 stars

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