The writing-on-tablets dream is still a dream, for many. The screens are still laggy, and there’s horror stories about scratching screens with poorly constructed stylii. I’ve tried my own luck with $5 cheapies, and was never impressed – they wore down or were too big to accurately see.
I don’t know what possessed me to search Google 30 minutes ago, but only the summaries of these 2 searches gave me the home-brew stylus:
1) soft conductive: “..soft foam used traditionally for EMI shielding. The electrically conductive fibers..”
2) static shielding bags ipad screen: “..I’m using statshield static shielding bag..”
It seems someone came quite close to building one on their own before me – only as a mod, not a build.
- Pencil. Dull, comfortable. Preferably long.
- Blue tacky goop. Hot glue might work too.
- an anti-static bag. You must test it on your tablet-screen to make sure it works first; I simply made a loop of it, keeping my fingers .5cm away, using a drawing app to ensure touches/conductivity were being registered.
- Cut a long, wide strip of conductive anti-static bag, approx 8cm x 1cm.
It’s important to make sure there is a large enough surface of plastic; I found for my NookHD tablet, I needed at least 1cm square, but I could cheat it down to 8mm if I wrapped it end-over-end.
- Dull a pencil. Duller is likely better. You may want to dull it flatter on one side for a fuller, angled touch
- Tape the end of bag-strip on the pencil body, in such a way that your natural hand-grip on the pencil is touching lots of the strip.
- Get some soft, tacky-goop, to soften the tip & hold the pencil tip onto the plastic. Likely an insulator, FWIW.
- Tape the other end around the pencil, as needed.
- Fiddle as needed, and watch out for your wrist!