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Body-heat Handwarmer Stone

Because heat is not distrubuted equally.
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Sometimes on a cold morning in the office (guess where I am right now!), you hands will be so cold you wish it was practical to type in gloves, while your stomach is comfortably warm. Now, the obvious solution here is to stick your hands in your shirt, but then you can't type.

However, there must be some way to get the heat from one place to the other. Ah-hah! Metal conducts heat!

The solution: A set of lightweight metal discs about the thickness of a slice of bread, comfortably curved to fit in the hand, and a belt with thin pouches in which they can rest. When you get dressed in the morning, put the belt on under your shirt and put the discs in the pouches. They'll warm up from your body heat.

When your hands are cold later, slip your hand under your shirt for a few seconds and fish out a disc. Freshly warmed from body heat, it will transfer theheat to your hands. When done, you can return it to the pouch to re-heat, or leave it on your desk as an ornament.

There must be a clever name for this, but I can't think of one.

gisho, Oct 27 2005


       Well for a start, the name should probably not include the word "stone", what with it being made of metal. Also, I'd expect that a more efficient way of doing this would be a stomach mounted keyboard.
fridge duck, Oct 27 2005

       Cold hands, warm heart, huh?   

       Sounds like a plan, except for where you put the cold stones against your skin in the first place. And stone would be better than metal - while it would take longer to warm up, it would also stay warmer longer. And round stones are so much more pleasant to hold.
DrCurry, Oct 27 2005

       [DrCurry], if you were concerned about that you could run hot water over them before you put them on in the morning. It should warm the outside enough to make it comfortable to wear.
gisho, Oct 27 2005

       Well, yes, I was actually thinking the second time around, after they're run down and need recharging, as it were. But I guess you can do the same thing again.
DrCurry, Oct 27 2005

       //…you wish it was practical to type in gloves//   

       Can you type while holding stones? How about some fingerless gloves with a pocket on the back of each hand to insert warm stones?
Shz, Oct 27 2005

       Or a keyboard made of warm stone to entice you to type even faster. Then tell the boss of your productivity increasing idea.
Elitefingerbun, Oct 28 2005

       I'm pretty sure gloves were invented to solve this problem...
JoeyJoJoShabadoo, Oct 28 2005

       ...and blood circulation....
sophocles, Oct 28 2005

       I swear you could taste the chicken and tomatoes
And the noodles and the marrowbone
But it really wasn't nothing but some water and potatoes
And the wonderful, wonderful soupstone

       Hanging from a string in my mama's kitchen,
back in the hard time days
Was a little ol' stone 'bout the size of an apple,
it was smooth and worn and grey
There wasn't much food in my mama's kitchen,
so whenever things got tight
Mama boiled up some water, put in the stone
and said "Let's have some soup tonight"

       And I swear you could taste the chicken and
tomatoes and the noodles and the marrowbone
But it really wasn't nothing
but some water and potatoes
And the wonderful, wonderful soupstone
po, Oct 28 2005

       reminds me of my camping trip. The night was very cold but there were some very nice round stones left around the campfire. ... so I decided to wrap one into a towel and slide it into my sleeping bag to keep my legs warm.... worked like a charm ... except that I found large burn holes in my towel next morning.
ixnaum, Oct 29 2005

       Stones were used historically to warm beds, where hot water bottles or electric blankets are used now. I guess they just made sure they weren't hot enough to char.   

       Of course, I still like that Monty Python film where the old lord uses a chambermaid to warm his bed. Perhaps we could work out some such arrangement for cold hands in the office?
DrCurry, Oct 29 2005


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