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Quirky Takes A Novel Approach Towards Winter



A few weeks ago, Quirky approached us about testing some of their new winter inventions, and curiosity got the best of me. They send us two products: Digits, pins that attach to your gloves so you can use your smartphone and, Thor, a collapsible double-blade ice scraper.

We finally got a chance to test these two products out this weekend after a recent snowfall.

Thor is a new take on a familiar product, updated to perform better. This collapsible double-blade ice scraper enables you to scrape with less strain and more force using both forward and backward motions. The front handle keeps the snow off your hands and gloves and the extendable, telescoping arm allows for better reach. Finally, you can flip Thor over and use the brush to sweep off snow. Thor fits comfortably under your car seat and sells for $19.99.

It sucks that you can’t operate your touchscreen device while wearing gloves. I discovered this last year at the Bears/Packers game. It was 4 degrees outside, and I was wearing gloves with hand warmers. My iPhone wouldn’t work with my gloves on, so I had to keep taking my gloves off to type on my phone, and then quickly put my gloves back on to avoid frostbite!

Enter Digits. Digits are conductive pins that attach to the fingertips of your gloves. Simply place the backside of the digit (with post) inside the fingertip of the glove and push through. Digits come in a pack of four pins so you can use them on multiple sets of gloves or give a set to a friend! A pack of four is sold for $11.99.

Both products work exactly as advertised.. Something so simple, I wondered to myself:

Why didn’t I think of that?

Zander Chance is a technology nut who is always first in line to try out the latest tech gadgets. He also has been an active affiliate marketer for the past 15 years, and he writes about his adventures in that on his blog.



  1. Ron E46

    January 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    They make a variety of touch capable gloves. No need to add pins.

    • CJ

      January 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      True, but I can tell you that my wife isn’t going to get rid of her North Face gloves.. So for people like that, the Digits are a great compromise. 🙂

      • Rich Lavene

        January 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

        But she doesn’t mind poking a hole in her north face gloves??

  2. Rich Lavene

    January 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I have also seen gloves with either a removable finger tip or a material that allows you to still maniputlate the screen.

  3. Francesco

    January 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Innovative and creative, I like.

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