Jerry Leto began inventing and innovating when he was just five years old. By 2001, he was using his time and talent to help others, developing tablet and touch screen technology so people with disabilities at Stanford University could interact with the world around them.
Then in 2008, he combined his knowledge about touch screens, his love for invention, and his frustration at having to take off his gloves in cold weather to operate his iPhone and use ATMs and gas pumps, and began to work on a solution.
He read through thousands of blog posts describing similar complaints, thoroughly researched the inner workings and interaction of the human body with touch screen technology â€“ and soon realized nanotechnology was the way to go.
The solution â€“ TouchTec® is born.
Using a special process he later called TouchTec®, Jerry created motorcycle gloves that allowed him to use his iPhone as easily as he did with bare hands â€“ and without metal dots and other materials that caused some competing products to scratch and damage screens.
Believing TouchTec® leather could be made into many different and fashionable types of gloves, he decided to see if renowned glove designer Dorothy Gaspar might be interested.
She was â€“ and the two set out to show the world that high fashion and function can coexist. Gaspar's TouchTec® designer gloves premiered at the 2009 Fall Fashion Week in New York City to rave reviews from major fashion magazines and online media.
Today, TouchTec® leather is manufactured exclusively by Broleco Worldwide, Inc.and distributed to select glove designers and manufacturers who create and brand their own distinctive gloves â€“ all of which allow the wearer to operate a touch screen as well as if he or she had bare hands.