There's just one problem - I quickly learned that producing legible handwriting with the end of my index finger is much trickier than expected. I did a quick search online and found that iPad styluses averaged about 20 dollars. Rather than blow the cash, I decided to make my own.
What you'll need:
- A pen, highlighter, or marker (I used a highlighter that had recently dried up)
- A sponge
- A piece of wire (about 6 inches should suffice)
1. Disassemble the writing utensil. You can throw out the insides - you only need the casing.
2. Cut a strip of sponge off the pad (if your sponge was like mine, make sure to remove the green scrubby surface first!).
3. Expose some of the bare wire and twist it around the sponge.
4. Guide the wire through the end of the casing and then gently twist the sponge up and into the shaft. If it's not snug, cut a larger strip of sponge and try it again. Make sure you leave a bit of sponge protruding from the end of the casing for use as a contact point with the iPad!
5. Remove the coating from the remaining bit of wire and wrap it around the exterior of the casing. Your fingers must be in contact with this as you write for the iPad surface to respond to the sponge tip.
For some reason step five proved to be unnecessary for my stylus to function properly. Either because the iPad was so sensitive or because the plastic casing somehow served as an adequate conductor, I didn't need the wire, so I removed it. Here is my finished gadget. Pretty cool, huh?
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