As technology pushes forward, we're always on the lookout for new and innovative devices which can make our experience easier, more intuitive or just a little bit classier. Blame it on the likes of James Bond and Ethan Hunt, but America loves it's gadgets. The latest craze in the geek world seems to be a clash of old world sophistication with new world function. Some call it steam punk, I call it classy. Read on to see what the world of woodworking is doing to chisel it's way into the 21st century.
Is that white dot a speck on your screen or a supply cache in PLZ STAY CALM? Don't you hate having 326 pixels per inch spattered in greasy fingerprints? Do you work in a messy environment where you're always worried about messing up the screen of your favorite iDevice? Want to interface with your phone while wearing gloves?
Pick your scenario, but there's a host of reasons why a stylus still has value past the days of the Palm Treo. One of the largest complaints I ever heard when iPhone first came to the market was the dislike for the touch screen. Now that people have settled down and stopped throwing rocks at Prometheus for bringing us fire we still sometimes yearn for a way of using our touch screens which is a little more hands off. Siri can't do everything, so we're left looking for a third party to fill the gap.
Check out the new stylus kits for electronic devices of all types over at woodcraft.com. You can purchase your own, or if you're a woodworker yourself you have the option to get a kit which enables you to turn your own. Woodcraft has two different kits available, one that is a stubby short stylus designed to hang from the headphone jack when you're not listening to with your Skullcandy earbuds, and a kit that fits a pen form for other analogue dictation uses.
Either kit has a capacitive soft touch stylus tip which will leave your screen smudge free and which mimics your fingertip touch on your display without the need for your meaty flesh paw and all of it's drawbacks. The cool thing about these soft touch tips is just how accurate they really are. Now you can actually see where your strokes are laying as you play "Draw Something", or if you complain about having fat fingers you now have the option to use a touch screen device with the precision and delicacy of a twelve year old pianist (which is how you'll probably sound if you load up the free Piano App).
Both kits are available in gold or chrome finishes, so whatever you decide to do (either purchase a pre-made kit or turn your own on your wood lathe) you have the ability to make your Woodcraft kit look how you like. The only real drawback I see is with the stubby stylus, something so chunky hanging on my iPhone makes me wonder how strong the Gorilla glass really is… I could see potential damage to your device by storing your stylus from the headphone jack too, so this is functionality I'd caution you about using (although it's a pretty neat idea).
Additional benefit comes in if you happen to be a gadget enthusiast with special needs. If you're missing a digit or hand and require a prosthetic then this kit can be easily manipulated and customized to allow use of a touch screen where that might not have previously been possible. Because of the low price of this Woodcraft kit verses other capacitive soft touch solutions start at about $20, but at starting at just $4.49 you can get your own Stubby Woodcraft Soft Touch Stylus kit (or about $9.49 for the ballpoint pen version). At this price you have room to build and experiment whether you're a Woodworker, or you're just trying to use up some Sugru which is about to expire.
Get your woodcraft kit through our Amazon link at the top of the page, or by checking out the Woodcraft Website here.