Etre Touchy by Etre


Digital communications agency Etre have created gloves that expose the tips of the thumb and index finger, specifically designed for using touch-screen devices.

Called Etre Touchy, the gloves allow contact between skin and the screen, required by many devices.

Photographs are courtesy of Etre.

Here's more information from the designers:


Etre Touchy gloves are a stylish, fun and practical way to keep your hands warm and dry while using your touch-screen phone, portable games system, music player and other electronic devices.

While a normal pair of gloves might keep your hands snug and dry, they won't work with modern touch-screen devices like the iPhone or iPod Touch - which respond only to skin-on-screen contact. Their bulkiness and lack of sensitivity also leads to fat-fingering misery when using the tiny keypads of other mobile devices.

Fingerless gloves do pretty much exactly the opposite: Their missing fingertips allow you to operate modern touch-screen devices and provide the dexterity necessary to avoid fat-fingering hell. But they don't keep your hands snug and dry. No fingertips means cold, wet and dirty digits, which kinda defeats the purpose of wearing a pair of gloves in the first place.

Etre Touchy gloves give you the best of both worlds: They give you the warmth and dryness of a normal pair of gloves combined with the touch-screen/electronic device compatibility of fingerless gloves.

That's because they are "part normal pair of gloves, part fingerless pair of gloves!" That is, they cover your middle, ring and little fingers completely, keeping your hands cosy, clean and damp-free; while exposing only the tips of your thumbs and index fingers, allowing you to touch, tap, stroke, slide and pinch your device's display in any which way you choose!

So get yourself a pair o' Touchy and stick two fingers up to technology!

Posted on Friday January 8th 2010 at 11:58 am by Natasha Lyons. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Nedelcu Tudor

    Simple and “cool” idea.

  • Zaedrus

    Doesn’t someone already make these for shooting firearms?

  • tom

    is this person seriously laying claim to inventing the fingerless glove? What the hell was i wearing in a school playground 20 years ago then? cant have been a fingerless glove obviously! Honestly….

  • joe

    Bloody hell this is pointless nonsense


    Nice pics though. And nice colors. :)

  • G

    Reinventing the wheel, once again…..

  • Martyn

    ‘Joe’ is a bit naive in thinking lots of people wouldn’t want these gloves. I see people on trains and buses taking their gloves off to interact with their phones and ipods. However, not sure cutting the fingers off gloves is a good idea – ever heard of ‘conductive thread’, Etre? Get on it.

  • Doug

    Zaedrus, Tom and Joe, iphones don’t work with gloves ….
    therefore these are a great little idea.

  • plots

    this has existed for years already.

  • hahahaha
    At last we’ll have another way to recognize elite fashion victims by the color of their frosbitten thumbs and indexes.

    At least some gloves for shooting firearms have a removable finger protecting cover to keep fingers warm when not firing. But I guess continually twittering and updating facebook status via mobile might generate enough heat in some people.

    A good effort, no less or more original than designing yet another chair, or yet another iphone knockoff.

  • perfect for texting on the slopes?! yes, maybe if you want to lose the tips of your index finger and thumb from frostbite!

    last time i checked, it use thumb, index and middle fingers to tie my laces.

    and surely with this glove design, its better off eating the sushi with your fingers!!!

  • Briar

    LOL—ditty to nearly every comment above. As an avid knitter I have made several of these over the years…like, since the very first of my friends noticed this problem with their ipods. And it wasn’t a matter of “none existing in the market,” either! Just that they happened to know a knitter.

    “created gloves that expose the tips of the thumb and index finger”…HA. Anyway, they are very stylish, at the least.

  • Briar

    I don’t want to comment too much, but I just noticed this tidbit: “Fingerless gloves do pretty much exactly the opposite: Their missing fingertips allow you to operate modern touch-screen devices and provide the dexterity necessary to avoid fat-fingering hell. But they don’t keep your hands snug and dry. No fingertips means cold, wet and dirty digits, which kinda defeats the purpose of wearing a pair of gloves in the first place.”

    What the what? Fingerless gloves come in all manner of styles, some with flaps, even. And if you’re talking warmth, it’s FAR better to wear a MITTEN. How on earth are people getting their fingers wet and dirty wearing fingerless mittens? An unfounded, and rather stupid, claim! I wouldn’t share this page with people I hate!

  • Jimmy

    Why not just snip off the end of the finger and thumb of a normal pair of gloves?

  • Rag
  • Martin

    I’d hate having just a couple of cold fingers and would rather have cold hands. So why not have two fingers that are needed for using your apple thingy and put them on a piece of string so you can pop them back on your fingers after use.

  • Well that’s clever :)

  • Zaedrus

    Doug – not sure how your comment was pertinent or enlightening in regards to my comment.

  • For some reason, this reminds me of the glorious age of the arm warmers aka shirtless sleeves or socks for your arms.

    Lets see if someone tries to bring those back in fashion.
    With an integrated Fossil watch by S+arck maybe ? ouh can’t wait

  • Heck Target has had these on sale for months.

  • julius eastman

    you are fuking kidding me right? i bought a pair of flip-top gloves at MUJI (on sale!) a couple months ago.

    and they give me access to ALL my finger tips. this is RUBBISH hype!

  • mina

    that’s nice and weird…

  • nick

    These are just as bad as Josh Rubin’s ‘Freehands’

  • Great idea but better idea to include a flap like on – but more stylish. I live in sunny california and have mixed feelings about not being able to wear them more often. Very pragmatic~!

  • Stan the man

    welli personally don hav an i phone, but i know the fuckin thing is booming
    this design i feel doesnt try to invent anything entirely new
    but it does say something cultural, it says something about the new times and context we find ourselves in u know…i mean see it from this point of view…if it wasnt for the iphone probably this concept wouldnt have a reason to exist
    u know i prefer to see it as a new character in an ever continuous story, whose raison de etre(reason to be) is because of something entirely different…
    basically it makes sense, because its got a context to fall back on
    it says something about this trend of paraphernalia that just comes along with a flash gadget…u know like the ipod, i phone …sock…skin
    these are products that dont need to be there, but simply because they are there it creates an urge in (some) people to buy it….(in a way its about a wierd human instict of treasuring these complex objects for very simple reasons)
    functionally, i dont think i feel any particular urge to buy this…but mentally it instantly reminds me as to why it came into existence

    u kno man this thing has stimulated me to say all these things…may be its just me haha

    anyhow good design…and nice storyline
    i likes it!

  • Stan the man

    for me its a design, for contemplation….its not inventing anything, it probably doesnt work well with chopstix and for tying laces…but its yeah stimulating if you see it from a different point of veiw….its a design0-culture point of view by designers for designers(or thinkers)…yeap just that.
    notice the colours, how its the (classic) traditional grey wool, with some neo-modern bright coloured letimotif……u pickin up wat im puttin down?

  • corner around the corner

    just take your gloves off for heavens sake. what is the world coming to? if i saw someone with these on i would think they are a sucker.
    also what is the ratio of your phone use to your non-phone use. if you are using your phone so much that you need these, it is very sad.

  • I would wear them. It’s better than always taking off and on my glove.. annoying. These are cool. Hot Pink?

  • Derek

    is this further evidence of the human race evolving into a specie with just a thumb and index finger? combine it with the use of the mouse and we may cease to require 3 of our fingers!

    very functional though!!!

  • ego sum paganus

    Just think of the heated debate about how many fingers should be exposed, can I get a pair with the middle finger exposed, I think I use that one the most!!

  • LooseCannon

    so why wouldn't we just put a small rubber point on the appropriate fingertips at the end of the glove?

  • Joeli

    I saw this idea years ago, this has existed for years already.