Simple Homemade Capacitive Touch Stylus

Introduction: Simple Homemade Capacitive Touch Stylus

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This stylus is a simple project that requires few materials. It works by using the conductivity of your hand to act as a capacitive touch stylus. This is fun and simple project that anyone can do.

Step 1: Materials

Gather your materials:

1: a Q-Tip

2: Tin foil

3: A pen

4: tape

5: A phone or tablet

Step 2: Disassemble Your Pen

Step 3: Cut Your Q-tip, Tin Foil, and the Tip of Your Pen

Cut the Q-Tip in half, then cut about a 3x3 inch piece of tinfoil. Cut the tip of your pen so that the Q-Tip fits in it snuggly. Then reinsert the tip of the pen into the pen body.

Step 4: Add the Tin Foil

wrap the tin foil around the pen making sure that it touches the Q-Tip. Then once you have your tin foil in place secure it with a piece of tape.

Step 5: Water

now put a few drops of water on the q-tip.

Step 6: Use

to use this stylus you need to be touching the tin foil with your hand for it to work because it is capacitive touch. boom now you have your own homemade stylus.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Does it work as a precision stylus or is just a way to keep the fingers off of the screen?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    for this instructable it is just a way to keep fingers off of the screen and to make drawing easier. I may or may not make an intractable on how to make a precision stylus, in the mean time you can modify my design to make it a precision stylus.