Is there a stylus that can imitate a finger?

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  1. jonnyd

    jonnyd New Member

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    Haha. Working smartly past the 'dildo' jokes . . .

    Is there any kind of material that the touch screen will respond to that can be used as a stylus? I like the Ipodtouch fine, but I'd like the option to use something a bit easier than my fat fingers from time to time.

    Any ideas?
  2. Rawd

    Rawd New Member

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    I think I read somewhere that it works off of the electricity in your finger. You would need something that could conduct that electrical impulse. I find that even with fat fingers, it generally "knows" what I am trying to press. Also, I find that the auto-correcting spell check works great if you just go with it. Try just typing what you want to say, and don't worry about mistakes, you may make 5 or 6 errors but it is amazing how it corrects them for you.
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    CAPPi17 New Member

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    what he said.
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    dripple New Member

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    Rawd is right. I also was confused, but then I simply started to type and the autocorrection works like a charm.
  5. jonnyd

    jonnyd New Member

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    Yeah, I don't have a big problem with it, I'd just like an alternative. If I'm websurfing somewher familiar, I'd like to be able to click a link without having to resize the page, when maybe my finger is just too big. A stylus would be ideal - it's just a 'supplementry' tool.

    Interesting though - I find the autocorrect almost never gets it right, and if I'm not paying attention, frequently screws up whatever I'm writing.
  6. Rawd

    Rawd New Member

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    I'm not sure about the science of it. I don't think it is possible though. My wife also has a hard time with it, as she has kinda long nails.
  7. jonnyd

    jonnyd New Member

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    OK, so a bit of Googling, and it seems not;

    http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/iphone1.htm

    It uses capacitance, so it seems unlikley that any kind of 'passive' material would work.

    I guess it can't be impossible, just a lot more work than it's worth.
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    illbientone New Member

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    have you tried

    putting your finger in a pencil sharpener?
  9. jonnyd

    jonnyd New Member

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    That's a good idea actually. This is what I like about this forum, people thinking outside the box.

    I'll let you know how it went when I get back from ER.

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