3 Cool Tech Products for Cold-weather Climates

Now that I'm living in Minnesota (or Minne-snow-ta), I've taken up an interest in gadgets and technology designed for winter. Here are three of my favourite gadgets for cold-weather climates:

Philips Wake-up Light

One of the things I hate most about winter is the darkness. The sun rises really late and sets way too early. I also get up really early for work, way before the sun ever rises. Philips Wake-up Light (external link) simulates a sunrise so that you wake up naturally. It has some proven health benefits they claim, but I personally just like waking up gradually, which is why I wish I had this gadget. It is pretty expensive, but that doesn't really matter to me because it doesn't seem to be available in the United States anyway, only the UK.

DOTS Gloves

Like most people, I wear gloves when it is really cold. However, since the iPhone lacks physical buttons to control music playback, I have to take off a glove in order to control music playback. This dilemma also applies to anything with a touchscreen or that is touch-sensitive (like the iPod's click-wheel). However, these gloves (external link) solve this problem with tiny metal dots on the fingertips that allow you to use your touchscreen without taking your gloves off and subsequently freezing your hands.

SkyV Skylights

Winter weather can be very depressing, but these skylights (external link) are LCD monitors with high resolution video of more uplifting scenery that will brighten anyone's day! It would certainly lift my spirits if this were on my roof, especially on those really gloomy days. Of course, it's probably really expensive and more of a conceptual technology probably not available to consumers yet.

Sadly, I don't own any of these gadgets yet, although I am thinking about purchasing a pair of DOTS gloves because my hands get cold rather easily.



  • I've been thinking of buying a Wake-up Light for the past two or three years, but I never got over the price.

    Your touch screen stuff just proves that my normal button cellphone and normal button mp3 player aren't so shabby after all. razz

    That Skylight stuff looks like it would make me want to go outside more, rather than less. smile

    Posted by Frans (external link) on Mon 24 Nov 2008 at 12:33

  • Yes I thought that about the touch screen gloves as well. Plus you can normally do it without taking it out of you pocket for things like changing the volume or skipping tracks. I love buttons razz

    Posted by Matt Oakes (external link) on Mon 24 Nov 2008 at 12:51

  • The skylights sound like a waste of money, but the gloves sound good... except that Singapore is only cold enough for rain razz

    Posted by Eugene Wee on Mon 24 Nov 2008 at 13:20

  • I hacked together something like the Philips Wake-up light using a smart X10 module on one of my bedroom lights and a script running on my server. Start lamp at 10% and increase over time to full, then turn on module that the radio is plugged into.

    Posted by JayC on Mon 24 Nov 2008 at 16:22

  • That's awesome, JayC. A Wake-up Light does emit a lot of lumen when it's on full though, I believe (and thus is much more like waking up to the sun than a normal light).

    Posted by Frans (external link) on Mon 24 Nov 2008 at 17:07

  • Well, I had the iPhone headset with the button to skip tracks and such, but it broke and one ear doesn't work anymore. Even for you anti-touchscreen people, you have to admit that they are a good idea.

    Posted by Ethan Poole (external link) on Mon 24 Nov 2008 at 17:09