Takha is a smartphone obsessed hand warmer, great gift for the texting tailgater

The holidays are coming up and before you know it, you’ll be scrambling for last minute gift ideas that don’t let off that “bought at the last second” stench. If you’ve got a cold climate sports fan in your life, you might want to check out Takha, a product that recently launched on Kickstarter.


I’ll be honest: I think it looks a bit silly. If it fastened around your waist rather than over your neck like a smartphone bib, that’d be an immediate improvement. But with all the smartphone gloves out there (ex: SmarTouch Gloves) and devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that work fine with winter gloves, the audience for Takha might be limited. But I also think it makes a heckuva novelty gift, a category widely pursued over the holidays as shoppers look for something – anything – that is unique.


With only 8 backers, $426, and over $24,000 left to collect in 25 days, Takha is looking like a long shot. Maybe, just maybe, some of you will be the reason their holiday dreams come true. Unfortunately, you won’t be fulfilling any holiday dreams yourself: the Takha won’t be ready to ship until February 2014:

The Tahka is heart-shaped; making it the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, the orders will be delivered by February. The Tahka is the perfect gift for a loved one, keep their heart as warm as their hands..

If you’re interested, don’t let this stop you as you can always print out a picture of the Kickstarter page and let your gift recipient know you’ve already pledged on their behalf. Valentine’s day seems like an awkward tie-in and the company seem to be missing the mark with a heart shaped product.

The real opportunity would be to have custom designed Takha’s with team inspired colors. After all, it’s no surprise that NFL Quarterbacks already use a similar product, albeit without the clear smartphone window. If they took this marketing approach and had them ready by the holiday shopping season, I think that $25,000 would have been achievable. Now? Well, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for them.

The Takha will be available in a number of different colors and fabrics if it sees the light of day, but all versions claim the following:

  • Safety Knit – Prevents cold air from getting inside the TAHKA
  • Protection – 100% waterproof nylon
  • Warmth – Lightweight Thermal insulation
  • Clear Vision – High quality clear plastic covered with anti fog layer
  • Comfort – Cozy and Soft Polar Fleece

Any chance you’ll be pledging on the Takha Kickstarter in hopes of nailing down a gift or two? Feel free to share some of your own gift ideas in the comments!

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  • supremekizzle

    If you don’t want to look like a huge tool box, just use these. Seriously, how much did they pay you guys to plug such a ridiculous idea?

    • robjackson81

      They paid me $0. I stumbled upon it and thought it was interesting. Not sure if you read the article, but I said they were ridiculous and I wouldn’t buy them, but suggested it’s a neat gift idea as a gimmick.

      • Fred Marshall

        So you think it’s a good idea and you pledged $426?

        • robjackson81

          As above… and in my article… “Not sure if you read the article, but I said they were ridiculous and I wouldn’t buy them”

          • Fred Marshall

            :sarcasm fail!

        • a) youth.in.asia

          Too much FAIL in this comment

      • SocalTeknique

        Or a nice gift for someone you hate

    • RozJC

      And you think you won’t look like a retard wearing those?

  • leocal79

    This may be the stupidest looking piece of crap I have ever seen. This is worse than a fanny pack. Wouldn’t be caught dead with that thing.

    • Jared Meadows

      Alright, I do agree it looks kinda silly, but it looks to me like they chose function over form on this one. I have to admit, I wouldn’t even think of buying one of these, but that’s just because it doesn’t get THAT cold where I live. I could see, if I lived someplace it snowed, and if I waited outside for the bus a lot, then I’d totally be into this thing.

      Unfortunately, as it stands… meh… I’ll pass

  • aw1974

    The only person who could get away with this would be Chavez…and his white V-neck tee. And hair.

  • David

    Can you say, pain in the neck? Literally! Ha ha

  • CGS

    Nope, nope, nope.

  • SocalTeknique

    The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the picture is that only iPhone users would buy this and what do you know, there’s an iPhone in the picture

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    “This contraption is better than conductive gloves!”… said no one. ever.

  • V2THE1

    I don’t even know why you all put that goofy contraption on the website. That is one of the worse things I’ve ever seen in my life. Hot Gabage! No R included!

  • scoter man1

    I’m pretty sure Chris could rock one of these

  • ανώνυμος

    Looks like something that would be extremely popular in Japan.

    • robjackson81

      How cold does it get in Japan for how long of the year?

      • ανώνυμος

        Well, weather patterns differ dramatically between regions due to the country’s large North-South extension. There are pretty big climatic differences between Hokkaido in the North, which has short summers and long winters of heavy snowfalls, and the Ryukyu Islands in the south, which mainly has a subtropical climate.

        TL;DR – Japan enjoys weird and unique stuff. :]

  • landon

    First thing that came to my mind :p

  • SocalTeknique

    TaHKa not TaKHa. Not that it matters. Goodnight *crawls back into hole*

  • Mike Henderson

    Already done a thousand time over.

    • robjackson81

      Which company/product is this, Mike?

      • TheOtherGuy

        If you look at the image, it says it on the “screen”:

        I didn’t know about it either, but I tried that website and you can find that item in there:

  • allen markow

    Using your smartphone in bed can now be done in comfort with this great
    holder/ nightstand that floats your phone like magic while in bed. No
    bolts or clips needed. Now at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ… A fantastic gift for those who are with their smartphone all the time…,

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  • Jason Yuen

    So it’s not bad enough that text walkers dont see other people and cars that now they’ll have high visibility clothing for drivers to seek out and destroy? “GTA MF-er. 10 points.”

  • Phaz0n

    This defines ugly.

  • TJ

    Does it come with a hockey helmet and a leash?