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Conductive Finger Socks / Sleeves

Ania Ciechanowski

Ania Ciechanowski

Senior Clinician Occupational Therapist – Assistive...

For some people using a touchscreen can be frustrating. Some users have difficulty at times with achieving a successful touch activation. This may be because it is hard to position a finger so that the finger tip is making the first and main contact with screen. Conductive finger socks can help with successful touchscreen activation.

Contact with the screen usually requires some extension/bending up at the wrist against gravity, holding this position while then extending the finger so that the tip/fingerprint area and not your nail hit the screen. Some people have inconsistent activations due to cold fingers or dry skin. 

Finger stylus socks can help with successful touchscreen activation. 

For people needing a little extra reach/finger length, the solid socks by Shapedad can provide a great solution. These are available on Etsy or through specialist suppliers like Novitatech.

Conductive finger sock by Shapedad

There are also many variations of conductive gaming finger socks on sites such as Amazon. You can get packs of finger socks that you can wear on any finger. They are thinner and do not have the solid structure of the finger styluses above, but, for the ones we have tried, they let you make successful contact with the screen, even if you touch it with your fingernail (covered by the sock) the pack we bought was approximately $12 for a pack of 30 socks.  

We haven’t washed them and can’t comment on how they would survive - you absolutely would need to pop them in a securely zipped laundry bag if you were going to give that a try!  

If you’d like support in trying a range of access options or adapting the accessibility of your technology, make a referral and have a personalised consultation with our ComTEC occupational therapists.

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