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Maker Adam Kumpf from the design firm Teague in Seattle demonstrates a DIY soft conductive stylus for use with an iPhone, iPad, or any other device with a capacitive touch screen.

We’ve been experimenting with conductive foams and fabrics in search of a middle ground. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to make a soft, conductive writing tool using some pretty basic materials. All you need is a pencil, an anti-static sock (such as this one, with X-Static in the foot area which contains conductive silver thread), and some patience to cut and sew it all together.

Adam Flaherty

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  1. David Lasnier says:

    Hey, I published a how to last year for a slightly more evolved stylus, and there are a lot of comments with improvements, tricks after it.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/antisynoptique/3225070344/

    Never tried it on the iPad, but I guess it will work like a charm, can anyone test it, we, europeans won’t be able to grab an iPad for a more weeks.

    Take care,
    David

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