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mitrezom
Apr 1, 2011, 11:59 AM
Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d2u5IX_qHc

Backstory:
I've bought just about every ipad stylus out there (all but the super expensive ones) and I pretty much hate using all of them... Here's the thing: you can't write on the ipad or iphone very well, and yet all of these styluses are made to mimic pens and pencils rather than big low-fi markers.

So I decided that if I wanted to enjoy drawing on this thing I better figure out how to make my own marker that would force me to draw in large open strokes and not worry about writing anything smaller than my fist.

A whiteboard marker is perfect for the job. Plus the chisel tip means that you can draw comfortably at most angles. It's what I use every day at the office and it just seemed like it'd be a better fit for using on the ipad.

I spent forever finding the right materials and process, so I thought I'd make a short video to share the knowledge... enjoy!

NOTE:
The key to this project is finding the right foam. I ordered a bunch of different versions online, sourced a few from local computer repair places, and bought pretty much every type of IC at Radio Shack; none of them were any good.

The best foam I've found (so far) has been from the IC's at Frys. It's low cost ($0.69) and it even comes with enough to make 2 markers :)

Product Link Here : http://www.frys.com/product/1003643



shootingrubber
Apr 1, 2011, 01:11 PM
Check out this stylus as well:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/danprovost/the-cosmonaut-a-wide-grip-stylus-for-touch-screens

Aqua Bliss
Apr 1, 2011, 04:57 PM
DYI? :confused:

GoCubsGo
Apr 1, 2011, 05:08 PM
Check out this stylus as well:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/danprovost/the-cosmonaut-a-wide-grip-stylus-for-touch-screens

That's the most ridiculous looking thing.

TheWheelMan
Apr 1, 2011, 05:14 PM
That's the most ridiculous looking thing.

I saw that the other day, and it's a prototype. If they had the funds to make a polished version, the wouldn't be raising funds on Kickstarter.

mitrezom
Apr 4, 2011, 03:56 PM
DYI? :confused:

ha, sorry, I'm slightly dyslectic...

xraytech
Apr 6, 2011, 11:00 AM
That's the most ridiculous looking thing.

4,926 Backers & $98,021 would disagree.

Watch the video and they explain why it was designed that way. Also what you see there is a non working prototype. Later in the video they do show a working prototype.

I'm thinking of contributing to their project.