Touch Me helps you keep on texting in the coldest weather

In the worst winter weather, even touchscreen gloves won’t keep your fingers warm. If you want to keep on texting through a blizzard, you might want to try this ingenious smartphone accessory.

  • According to climate scientists, our winter weather is becoming more extreme due to rising temperatures in the Arctic.
  • Science also says that you should wear glittens (gloves with removable finger caps) in winter.
  • If you struggle with cold hands, Touch Me could be your salvation. This smartphone accessory heats up to a toasty 46°C (114.8°F).

In sunny climes, using a smartphone is a perfectly comfortable experience. Your fingers deftly flick across the on-screen keyboard, picking out the virtual buttons at impressive speed. But folks who live in colder conditions don’t always feel the same way. Exposing your hands to arctic winds makes them immovable in minutes. In the worst winter weather, even touchscreen gloves can’t rescue your circulation. That’s where Touch Me, a new smartphone accessory, comes in useful. This remarkable device is essentially a stick-on hand warmer that lives on your smartphone.

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So sleek

Winter warmer

We might not like to admit it, but most of us spend much of the day clutching our beloved phones. There can be good reasons for this — staying in touch with colleagues or loved ones, for instance. Or playing Fortnite, I guess.

So, it kinda makes sense to put a hand warmer on your phone. It’s a slightly whacky idea, but Touch Me actually looks like it could work.

The device latches onto any smartphone via the supplied magnetic mount. When you activate Touch Me, the device turns up to a toasty 46°C (114.8°F) for around two and a half hours. In other words, you can comfortably text for the whole journey to work and back.

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A warm backpack for your phone

Defeat the coldest weather

It must be said, Touch Me isn’t the slimmest smartphone accessory we have ever seen. It weighs 98 grams, and measures around 1.7 cm thick. This bulge on the back of your device is cumbersome, but at least it can be removed easily thanks to the magnetic mount.

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Easy to charge

Touch Me derives its power from an internal battery. You can charge the device via the supplied micro USB cable, and keep it in your pocket until the bad weather strikes.

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Straightforward design

The only real concern we have relates to the heating process. While Touch Me is separated from your phone by the mount, we can’t help but feel that it could overheat your phone.

But if the people behind Touch Me can engineer a solution, this could be a must-have for next winter.

“Presenting the first mobile phone device ever made that keeps your hands warm at all times.”

“With the magnetization system you can put it on and remove it easily. As simple and comfortable as it sounds…Press the button to activate Touch Me and then click again to turn it off.” — Touch Me on Kickstarter

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Your fingers will approve

The good

For those of us who struggle with cold hands in winter, this product could be a genuine solution. Being attached to your phone, it’s also unlikely to go missing.

The not-so-good

After the Kickstarter campaign, we will be interested to see how well the finished product works with smartphones. Putting a heat pad on the back of your phone sounds…questionable. Only time will tell whether Touch Me will cause any problems.

Availability

– Kickstarter: Until May 6th

– Pledge: $48 USD

– Delivery: November 2018

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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