Best Ipad Stylus - Ultra Fine Point - Write like a real pen!

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3' started by Obsidian, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Obsidian

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    Sorry if the title is a little misleading but I noticed the DIY section doesn't get much love and I wanted to share with as many people as possible. Mods, please move if you think this is inappropriate. I search and found several threads here where people are not happy with the stylus' offered by companies for taking notes. I was pretty frustrated too. After going through POGO, Dagi, Kensinton, etc. I just about gave up. Then I did a search and decided to try and make my own.

    I just finished making my own Ipad Stylus and included instructions on my blog post. Thought I'd share with everyone here. It's not my original idea as I found the video on youtube. However, I made it, it work swell and I've included a set of written instructions. I'll never go back to a Pogo. I did a quick search and didn't find anyone posting anything comparable. Enjoy! I'm open to answer any questions anyone has!

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  2. wytey

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    Very nice!

    Perfect for people who use stroke based writing like kanji, japanese etc

    Off to make one myself now... :D

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    That's really innovative. Thank you!
     
  4. wytey

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    Have you tried other materials? I'm using aluminium foil, a bit hit and miss, no crisps packets to try with :(

    Would have thought aluminium foil would be ideal... Maybe i'm not electrifying enough.... ;)

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  5. Obsidian

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    the problem with aluminum foil is that it's too brittle. At the tip where the foil bends, after bending it a few times, you'll form micro tears and then it won't work. you need a conductive material that can stand up to folding. Also, make sure you are leaving enough material on the pen so you're part of the conductor.
     
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    Yeah, this looks like a brilliant idea: you get the large metallic area for sensing purposes, and the cutaway gives you the accuracy.

    I am guessing that the nib of the pen must be accurately placed in the center of the opening, though.

    Thanks a lot for the posting, OP!

    Could you say what the translucent material is that you showed in the video? And hwere can I get some? Thanks.
     
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  7. Obsidian

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    Yes. The nib has to be centered. But if you cut and tape right the nib can't really be off center.
     
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    I made my own stylus as well. I used a drafting pencil. I shaped the conductive foam to the tip of of a q-tip stick so that it was nice and firm and a bit pointy and stuck the q-tip stick inside of the drafting pencil lead holder. Makes it nice and easy and a lead holder has metal at the point that you hold it so along with the conductive foam it works really well.
     
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    I don't think you ever told us what that transparent conductive material in your video is---or where it can be obtained!
     
  10. Obsidian

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    I used a potato chip bag. Other materials are hard drive anti-static bag. Car window tint
     

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