In 2013, I travelled to Prague for a weekend city break. After landing in -21 degrees and embarking on a 6 hour walking tour, my fingers started to feel very numb from the cold. I had disposable hand warmers but because I had my gloves on, I couldn’t feel the warmth from the hand warmers. It was only until I put the hand warmers inside my glove that I felt immediate relief….
When I returned to the UK, I researched fashionable heated gloves. But I couldn’t find any. My journey into developing innovative heated gloves began after I won a wearable tech hackathon in Manchester using sensors to measure the temperature and a heating element to warm the gloves.
After prototyping with many different materials, we discovered Graphene. A new novel material that is stronger than steel, transparent, highly conductive and flexible enabled us to test and realise its potential commercial application for our gloves.