Clutch Pencil adapted as Touch Screen Stylus

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Over on his Artworks blog Crabfu has this excellent how-to video on making a touch screen capable stylus from a clutch pencil and conductive foam. This is one of the best ideas I've seen, using a readily available item in the clutch pencil. My thoughts in using it with your mouth ...

Conductive Touch Capable Mouthstick from a Japanese “Liver” (Reader)

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

A couple weeks ago I received a tweet from @yukitake99 that he found Lifekludger blog helpful and he was going to try make a mouthstick for iPhone. Seems he'd been looking at some of the stuff I'd been sharing about the "Touch Barrier" and ways to work around it. It's always ...

DIY Touchscreen Stylus using Conductive foam

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Finally, a Stylus kludge that actually looks workable as it can be made different lengths and is cheap and easy. Now, I just need to get hold of some of that conductive foam so I can get someone to make me up a mouthstick version. If anyone has some foam you can ...

Dagi Transparent Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Isn't it interesting how we are seeing more and more uses where there's a need for a stylus on these capacitive touch screens? Just when everyone thinks Steve Jobs has liberated them to the freedom of the finger, it seems we aren't so free after all and that maybe other ...

Soft Sock Stylus for Touch screens

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Over on Instructables is how to make a stylus out of anti-static socks for use on capacitive type touch screen devices - ala iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad etc. The stylus was the creation of dsLabs. Looks neat, but not sure I'd want to put this sock stylus in my mouth for ...

One problem with Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

iPhone Hacks blog has the low down on the problems of styluses on capacitive touch screens in a post titled New Apple Patent Talks about Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens. The relevant bit: According to the inventors, modern day capacitive touch sensors are not optimized to receive inputs from styluses. This is ...

Whamberry Handsized Keyboard/Trackpad

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The Whamberry is great mini keyboard/input pad that connects to your computer simply with a USB plug-in dongle. It is wireless and can be used more than 30 feet (10m) away from your computer. You can control the cursor using the touch-pad that is built-in or type with the full keyboard. ...

Resistive Multitouch Touchscreen tech

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Touchco was a New York company that, according to it's now closed website title, was developing "IFSR* multi-touch resistive sensors".  It has now reportedly ben bought by Amazon. The impressive thing about this technology is this. "Unlike the more common and more expensive capacitive touchscreens, Touchco-equipped screens can be used with a ...

Etre Touchy – Gloves for your iPhone etc

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Call me a heretic, but surely there's got to be something inherently awry (not to say anything about accessibility) with a device that has to have specialised, modified clothing for humans to use it! Just sayin. [Etre Touchy - Gloves for your iPhone, iPod Touch, Nintendo DS, Blackberry, PDA and more...] --

Do RIM’s optical trackpads offer Accessible Alternative to “Skin” Touch?

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

It seems RIM's 'optical pad' technology could offer hope for the "touch barrier" that exists with the requirement for skin to touch the capacitive type pads that dominate todays gadgets. Thinking about how your phone's touchscreen operates, you might assume that the so-called optical pads that have been making appearances on ...

Pressure Sensitive Multitouch pads to come

Monday, August 31st, 2009

An article in Technology Review reveals development of pressure sensitive touch pads that could be used on future generation devices. Why is this Lifekludger newsworthy? Because the pads are reported to combine features of both kinds of existing touch pads. To me, this might mean some breaking down of the Touch ...

Will Apple’s 10-inch touchscreens still need skin?

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Reuters reported last month on Apple ordering larger touch screens: Taiwan touchscreen specialist Wintek already makes small screens for Apple iPhones, and has received orders for the larger ones that are roughly the same size as those used in mini PCs - [http://www.wintek.com.tw/] I bet you'll still need skin! Source [Apple orders ...