Accessories A DIY Stylus for Capacitive Screens Published 11 years ago on 05/05/2010 By Warner Crocker Collin Cunningham shows how to create a DIY stylus for those capacitive touch screen devices we all know and love. It looks pretty simple if you’ve got some conductive foam at your disposal. Related Topics:Capacitive ScreensCollin CunninghamDIY Stylus 2 Comments 2 Comments Mickey Segal 05/05/2010 at 2:13 pm Nice proof of concept, but a custom built version with a more durable small tip and a conductive barrel with no exposed wires would be better. Since Apple has announced opposition to pens, having pen attachment sites would be a good way for other tablets to offer an advantage. Pens do wonders for the screen size to pen width ratio, and people are better at fine gestures with a pen than they are with a finger. The pen is mightier than the finger (except for multitouch, where numbers count). Reply Nameless 05/05/2010 at 6:28 pm If Apple’s so opposed to the pen/stylus, how come they use them to take signatures at Apple Stores when someone makes a purchase? Anyway, this is an interesting approach to a DIY capacitive stylus. I didn’t think of making one like that since I thought I had no conductive foam, but now that I think about it, I might have some. Instead, what I did was take a long, torn strip of anti-static bag material, and taped it onto a marker with a felt chisel tip that was all dried out. Trimmed the tip a bit, and it worked fairly well on the iPad, though I got a bit of a rude awakening when it didn’t work on certain Android smartphones. (Doesn’t do a thing about the complete lack of palm rejection, though. I wonder what insulating gloves people get and just cut off the thumb, index finger, and middle finger for explicitly that purpose.) Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This article may contain affiliate links. Click here for more details.