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DIY iPad Stylus Offers Pen-Based Interaction on the Cheap

Most iPad styluses are blunt-tipped and over-priced. Make your own custom stylus with parts from around your workshop for free.

At technology blog RasterWeb they were searching for a DIY iPad stylus solution. After coming across the tutorial video put out by Collin Cunningham at MAKE Magazine they modified the design a bit and came up with the pen you see above–a Pilot G2 with a cleaner wire wrap than you’ll find on the Cunningham model. You’ll need a pen to hack apart, some conductive foam, a bit of copper wire, and a drill. If you don’t have any conductive foam left over from the packaging of your latest electronics project, hit up a local electronics repair store and ask if you can have a few pieces.

Check out the full guide at the link below for more information.

DIY iPad Stylus [RasterWeb via MAKE]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/4/11

Comments (2)

  1. glowflu

    weml

  2. paracetamol biogesic

    this is a good idea but be careful when you bring this with you. people may just start to laugh out at you.

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