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September 23, 2013updated 22 Sep 2016 10:59am

10 useful tools to help you survive the winter

Some of the season’s niftiest innovations.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

With winter close approaching arriving, for many it can be a challenging prospect. Below are some of the latest gadgets to help keep you toasty and safe at work, travelling or playing other winter sports.

Touchscreen Leather Gloves


Tired of having to take off your gloves to use your smartphone in winter and feeling cold while using it?
Relying on nanotechnology, Mujjo’s leather gloves are made from lambskin and are supposed to keep users’ hands warm while allowing them to tap away on the screen. The gloves, which include wind-proof, weather-proof and anti-microbial features, come in a variety of sizes and colour and are available online from about £19.

USB Cup Warmer

Cup Warmer

There’s a USB cup warmer for all you slow sippers who want your tea or coffee to last longer. From £9.99, the USB is a hotplate that you plug into your laptop. Set a heatproof cup on it and it will stay hot for hours. It’s also good for those who like their soup to last for long or beverages properly stewed during the winter.

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Pink Warm Mouse

Pink Warm Mouse

ValueRays has created a mouse with embedded heaters for those of us with cold hands at work. The device plugs into any USB outlet and heats up to 104 degrees to keep your hands warm while you type. From $39.95 (£25) on Amazon, it’s also supposed to ease joint pain and promote healthy and flexible joints.

Pajamas Warming Pouch

Electric PJs

This electronic fleece pouch heats up to 118 degrees to toast your Pajamas 10 minutes before bed. $39.95 from Hammacher.


Winter Ski & Ride app


The free Windows Phone 8 app allows users to find out what their top speed is, look at your contacts and find out what friends are still on the mountain. Other features allows users to set and access snow reports, track activities and goal-setting.

Winter Survival Kit

Car stuck in snow

This app has some unique features such as sending your location to emergency services and calculating how long you can run your car engine to keep warm, before you run out of petrol or at risk of carbon-monoxide poising. It also tells you where you are and sends notifications to family as well as store emergency contacts for roadside assistance and insurance policies.
Free on the Android.

Winter Wake-UP

Alarm app

The free app for iPhone and Android is an alarm clock that automatically wakes you up earlier if there’s been severe or stormy weather overnight. Just set your normal alarm time in the app, followed by how many minutes earlier the app should wake you in the event of frost or snow overnight. This way, users should have enough time to dig out their car from snow or make other travel arrangements before work.

Fireplace HD

Fire app

Missing out on a fireplace in your home? Try the Fireplace app, available for the iPhone and iPad, which simulates a roaring fire on your screen with burning sound effects. Features allow users to sync flames up with their favourite cold weather songs.

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles: Remote-controlled foot warmers


These heated insoles from ThermaCELL should help keep your toes warm and make outdoor activities more enjoyable. The wireless remote control allows you to adjust the heat to a desired temperature. With use of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the lightweight cushions provide additional shock absorption and allow you to run them continuously for up to five hours.



The torch is able to tackle inclement weather conditions including heavy rain and blizzards, while the Lithium-ion battery ensures long service.

Fully rechargeable in a car or using your laptop, it has a super powerful twin beam that boasts luminous flux of up to 500 lumens, which can be concentrates so you can find your keys in all kinds of weather.

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