Have you ever felt that your finger is too thick on your tablet? Does your finger leave skin oil smudges?
If so, then I have a quick and severely cheap solution for you.
I found a pair of touchscreen gloves at a local superstore that can be used for the iPod Touch, iPad 1 & 2, and other tablets.
- I took an old metal pen and removed the ink.
- I removed the tip from the pen and cut a small part of the glove tip off.
- I wadded up the glove piece to form a tip to insert into the spot where the pen tip was.
- From the pen being metal my electricity from my body flows into the pen and the tip, giving the ability to use the pen as a capacitive stylus.
- Make sure to insert the wadded glove tip just enough to have a small amount coming out of the tip.
- For those without metal pens, use a copper wire to connect the glove tip through the pen. Make sure that the wire will come into contact with your fingers or hand to create a connection. The wire can also be wrapped around the pen to your liking.
Most stylus options cost from $15 and up. The gloves I found cost $3. I bought the gloves, as I did not have any conductive foam. This pen was around a dollar when I got it years ago. Most capacitive pens have wide tips, making them cumbersome to use when drawing or doing precision work on your smartphone or tablet. In fact, I am using one while writing this article on my EEE Transformer Tablet.
If anyone is wondering, the silver pen has rubber tape around the middle. I was experimenting with grip enhancement. It seems that it helps when I am using an app to draw with.
Here is a video that this project is based on:
This idea is based off of the many “how to’s” for making a capacitive stylus. I just one-upped it by using a metal pen for better electrical contact. The pens I made are based on this article by elmotactics at http://www.instructables.com/id/Poor-Mans-Capacitive-Stylus/?ALLSTEPS