There have been many times when I've gone somewhere and tried to use my Toughbook, but found the best feature of my laptop [the touchscreen] was unable to be used - because I had either forgotten or lost my stylus yet again.

I'm known for making odds and ends whenever I need them, and I've known other friends who could use such a stylus for their phones, hand-held games, etc., so, since I've subscribed to this thing for quite a while, I figured I could contribute something for a change, rather than merely lurking around here.

You'll find this an easy Instructable, but if there are any questions or comments, I'm open to suggestions.

Please note: I was in a bit of a hurry when I first put this thing together, and I'm using a poor quality camera, although the instructions should be clear enough.

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When you make your stylus, there are two key aspects you need to consider: ensuring that your stylus is tapered, small enough for accuracy when applying pressure, and ensuring that, when you drag your stylus around the touchscreen, you don't inadvertently damage the screen - either by using a material too soft that would rub off on the screen, or too hard that would dent it - or too sharp, that would scratch or mar it.
mogui4 years ago
I have made an emergency stylus from a chopstick. Just cut it smaller and sharpen in the pencil sharpener. But you always have a stylus if you carry a retractable ball pen.
the_kcar (author)  mogui4 years ago
I've used one of my rounded-tipped combs. The thing of it is, some pen sheaths left carves on a screen, I usually had "normal" styluses, and everything in hand's reach was too sharp or metal to use.

Since that time, I put a sort of film over the screen, keep it from getting all carved up. Now I hold one of the rings I wear in one hand and use that as one, or I use my acrylic fingernail.
crapflinger6 years ago
i stole the stylus from one of our copy machines at work and wear it around on my badge holder (with my pens)...so i've always got a spare stylus around
the_kcar (author)  crapflinger6 years ago
At work, I have between half a dozen to a dozen actual stylus/pens here, there, and everywhere - what caught me off-guard was that I got home, having left the stylus/pen there at work...so, while I was putzing, I realized I could pass on an "ooh, neat" 'ible.
twocvbloke6 years ago
I want a Toughbook, I've tried them out, I've seen them in action, heck I've even refurbished one (when at work), I've just never owned one myself... :) They just cost silly money, so I can never own one, and even the old PentiumII damaged ones sold on ebay go for silly money... :(
the_kcar (author)  twocvbloke6 years ago
There's this guy, marconistuff, on eBay, who I got mine from. Handy as all get-out. I dunno the current rate, but I got mine for $600 with a bunch of stuff in it - GPS, gadgets and gizmos... I do refurb jobs on the side, and got mad jealous when I saw what one of these can do - so I snagged one. He doesn't have one up right now, but keep an eye out and we'll see....
flataffect6 years ago
Good Ible. For future reference, set your camera for macro to increase your pic quality on extreme close ups. I may do this once I figure out what I'm going to do with my Tungsten now that I'm using a smartphone.
the_kcar (author)  flataffect6 years ago
I have the "good camera" ...somewhere....what I was using was the "relatively disposable" camera. A cheap camera is point, click, release some choice epithets, turn on the flash, point, click, release more colorful statements, wait for the battery to charge the light, point, click, expand your colorful repertoire, poke the flash button, wait for the flash to charge, click, shake the brilliant flash residue from your eyesight...and then sift through the thirty images for just ten that will convey the tale... Next time, I think I'll use a better camera ;)
Cheap cameras = no marco