Introduction: Capacitive Bandage and Mad Skills Motocross 2

Picture of Capacitive Bandage and Mad Skills Motocross 2

So you’ve injured your thumb and cannot play your favorite game (in this case, Mad Skills Motocross 2) since the screen doesn’t recognize your touch through your bandage. Or perhaps you've played so much that your thumb is blistered to the point that you just can't stand to touch the screen anymore. Is it time to panic?

This question might seem like a joke to the average Joe. He might say, “Just don’t play for a few days!” But we players know that it just isn’t that easy when a new Jam round just started.

This Instructable shows how to get around the serious condition of touch-not-recognized-through-bandage by using only simple household items.

Step 1: Things You Will Need

Picture of Things You Will Need

Things you will need

  • An injured thumb (not shown in this picture)
  • A piece of tin foil (I cut a small piece from the aluminum takeaway container from yesterday's dinner, be careful not to get any spicy food into the wound though

  • Some medical tape

  • MacGyver theme song ( available here if you have Spotify)

Step 2: Preparation

Picture of Preparation

This is where you roll up your sleeves and get to work!

Take about an inch of the tape and put it on the index finger of the non-injured hand. This will help you in the next step.

Step 3: Tape the Damn Thing Together

Picture of Tape the Damn Thing Together

Put the piece of foil so it covers both a good amount of the area that’s going to touch the screen and your skin.

It is really important that it both covers the touching area and connects to your skin since it will act as a wire and make the outer layer of the bandage to be just as conductive as your skin.

Secure the foil to your skin right under the bandage using the tape you cut earlier.

Step 4: Covering the Metal (Optional)

Picture of Covering the Metal (Optional)

This is optional step but highly recommended if you don’t have any screen protection. You could test your new thumb right away but don’t Jam just yet.

Metal on glass/metal is not recommended, and no one wants scratches on their screen, so we need to cover it up a bit.

Take another inch of the tape and cover the foil.

As it turns out, medical tape seems to be thin enough to protect the screen without screwing up conductive-ness. I'd like to see duct tape accomplish that!

Step 5: End Result

This is a video showing my awesome leaning skills with my bandaged thumb "hacked."

Comments

wonderbrett (author)2014-06-12

Great write-up; totally hilarious!

nice job! Can't let a little thing like an injury keep you from maximum touch screen usage!

About This Instructable

5,239views

2favorites

License:

More by turborilla:Touch-Device Tactile OverlayCapacitive Bandage and Mad Skills Motocross 2
Add instructable to: