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Use an anti-static bag as a capacitive stylus

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Seems like I can’t read a blog today without tripping over some mention of a capacitive stylus. This one comes from pocketnow.com and it’s as simple as rolling a piece of paper (for an art project or other legal activity), except the paper is antistatic film.

Common in the drawers of anyone who buys electronic components, antistatic film is used to make antistatic bags that protect electronics from static discharge. The film is conductive so static charges are dispersed around the bag rather than through its contents. The protective effect ends once the bag is opened, but it remains conductive, which makes is usable as a capacitive touch stylus. With the right cut and frame, it would be possible to fashion a permanent stylus solution from it. Might have to reconsider than Dagi stylus now.

Via Lifehacker

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

4 Comments

  1. GoodThings2Life

    02/25/2010 at 3:54 pm

    Oh come on! For $12, sure you can go for the Dagi and not be so cheap! :P lol

    • Sumocat

      02/25/2010 at 4:19 pm

      No worries about me cheaping out. I just tried a bag and it’s useless without a broad contact surface. Tapping with the rolled-up edge is useless on my iPhone. Either I go through the effort of cutting and shaping or I shell out $12. Lazy beats cheapness.

  2. GoodThings2Life

    02/25/2010 at 3:57 pm

    PS– I gotta say that I don’t know too many casual people who have anti-static bags lying around, but the idea of an anti-static screen protector is genius…

  3. Absolutely NoOne

    02/27/2010 at 10:04 pm

    Baby wipes work, too!

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