The Perfect Gloves for the Nerd Who Walks to Work in a Cold Place

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From your gadget-obsessed sister (who lives for her iPad) to your garden-obsessed uncle (who thinks apple is a fruit) A special report

I walk to work every day through the streets of Washington, DC reading the news on my phone and weaving past other pedestrians doing the same thing. Nearly all of us have touchscreen phones, which is great until the temperature drops below freezing and we have to choose between frostbite or Twitter. (You know which option I choose; I've tweeted 16,000 times.)

There is a technological solution to this conundrum and it is called conductive thread. Glove manufacturers can sew this material into the fingertips of gloves, thus allowing you to remain warm while continuing to scroll and pinch.

There are easier solutions -- cut-off gloves, say -- but I think if you're going to use your phone in freezing temperatures, you should go with the nerdiest possible product. These North Face ETIP gloves certainly fit that bill and at $40, they are a big enough gift that few people are going to purchase them for themselves.

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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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