A recent patent filing from Apple shows that they may be working on a pair of gloves that not only protect your hands from the weather but allows you to use your touchscreen device (I’m sure Apple hopes for this to be for your iPhone). Since touchscreen phones use the electrical impulse on your fingertips, the Apple patent describes a system that would reproduce this pulse. The gloves would contain an aperture or ring link device or cap on the fingertips that could be removed when it comes time to use your phone. When not in use, your gloves could remain weatherproof.
Although this idea is not new, Apple’s patent must differ enough from other companies’ patents to make it legit. Although I don’t see Apple using this anytime soon, it sure is nice for them to have in their patent library as they do have one of the most popular touchscreen devices around. Even though I never see Apple entering the clothing market, they could always license it to other companies who have the resources and know-how to manufacture gloves such as this. It’s an interesting thought, but I don’t even want to know how much they would cost.