TECHNOLOGY TIPS - CREATE YOUR OWN STYLUS LIKE MCGYVER
When I'm looking for valuable or creative information to
share, sometimes I come across a unique item that I just have to share.
Today I found a way to make your own stylus to help with
using your tablet or smart phone. The
main concept behind it is actually scientific.
Your finger creates a static charge and it's this charge that causes
action when swiping over the screen surface.
What you'll need is a cotton swab (or Q-Tip), aluminum foil,
scissors, tape and a pen. And then this do
it yourself project is pretty cool and something that you can do with
First, you'll want to remove the ink from your pen. Next,
cut the swab at an angle so that it can be inserted into the mouth of the pen
and then secure it with tape. Next, take
the aluminum foil, wrap it around the pen's neck a couple centimeters above the
tip of the cotton, making sure it's tight, and secure the foil with tape. Finally, you'll moisten the tip with a drop
of water. This will not harm your
The aluminum is your conduit so your finger must be touching
it at all times. If your stylus stops
working, be sure to re-moisten it with a touch of water.
CATHY MALLERS &
DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO