2010.12.29

So this is how I typically do things… I get an idea, like, for instance, I say “Hmmm, I know a few companies sell a stylus for the iPad, for those times you don’t want to use your finger, I should check that out” and I did, and then I came across this Make video called Collin’s Lab: DIY iPad Stylus and think, “Hmmm, I have a pen, conductive foam, and some wire… I’ll make my own!” So I did…

DIY iPad Stylus

Here’s the result. I used a Pilot G2 pen (as they are my favorite) and I ended up using the Dremel to widen the tip of the pen a bit so the conductive foam could fit through the hole, and I also used the drill press to put two small holes in the barrel of the pen for the wire to go through. (I wanted to avoid using tape as Collin did.) I actually drilled right through the rubber grip and into the pen. The end of the wire then got pushed through the rubber grip, through the pen barrel, and got pulled tight inside the pen. You can see some of the excess wire near the middle of the pen. You can also see an extra hole near the tip, as I drilled all the way through with the drill press. I won’t call that a mistake, as I was still figuring out how I was going to make it all work at that point. I tend to do that… plan as I go.

Here’s a close-up of the tip, where you can see the hole that the wire feeds out of. You can see the tip created with the conductive foam. I’m not 100% happy with the tip. I don’t know if there are different hardnesses of conductive foam, but this seems too soft. I also probably could have used a bigger piece of foam, but it ripped while inserting it, so I just left it as is was.

So… does it work? Yes!

DIY iPad Stylus

Here’s a really bad drawing I made using the stylus and Doodle Buddy on the iPad. The whole process of making this probably took 20 minutes, and I did already have all the tools and materials on-hand.

P.S. I like making things.

5 Responses to “DIY iPad Stylus”

  1. Tom RayNo Gravatar says:

    If you want an even quicker and easier way to make one you can just use the bottom side of a AAA battery. That works pretty well too and you can just keep it in your pocket.

  2. Hmmm, I’d probably prefer not to slide a AAA battery around the iPad screen… and it’s not really very “pen-like” when holding it. :)

  3. Very creative and simple :) But is this really necessary? I don’t have any problems with typing on it

  4. Necessary? No… I would not use it for typing, but for drawing or writing, some people prefer the more pen-like experience a stylus provides.

  5. Definitely necessary in cold climates. I have my Blackberry Torch, and struggle to pull up Google Maps for bus scheds in -25 here in #yeg (Edmonton, AB)

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