Saturday, September 19, 2009
DIY iphone/ipod touch stylus
Ok, sure, there are a bunch of articles on the topic of making a stylus for your touch-screen devices. So what justifies this one?
Good question. I wanted to see for myself if these things actually work. Answer: YES.
Now, most people don't need a stylus to get the most out of their iPhones. I find it useful for sketching, doodling, and thumbnailing animation. I also have fingers of great girth. So if you have your reasons for wanting one, but don't feel like spending $15 on a fancy stylus that comes in pretty packaging, read on.
To compare, I have two types of home-made styluses. The first one is made from an exacto-knife which cost about 4 bucks at Walgreens. Just screw off the blade portion of the knife and use the base--done. What you need to make sure of is that it is a metal handle, since the iPhone/Touch is sensitive to the electricity transfered from directly touching the device with our skin. Also, check to see that you get a flat, smooth end so it does not scratch your screen protector. You need a little more than 1/4'' of thickness for the device to recognize the contact.
The other stylus is made from things you probably have around the house. I took a standard ball-point pen and removed the tip and ink. The other end I sanded smooth (optional) and covered with a piece of tinfoil about 2'' up the sides from the bottom. A piece of tape will hold it in place, and you can rub the covered tip and edges on a piece of paper to smooth out the foil. Voila, a nice, light weight stylus. In the end, I am surprised at how well they work.
This concludes part 2 of my series of useful things you can make with tinfoil and 60 seconds of your time.
Take a second and let me know if you found this helpful.
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