Off we went into Charlottetown to buy an iPad. Conveniently, a pet store was next door to the Future Shop.
See the one second from the left, head sticking out between two asses? That one's mine. And the one behind it. I've decided.
Charleen wouldn't mind taking care of more cats, would she?
This is the one Joe liked, but you can just tell s/he is another long-haired Casper-in-waiting.
No more long haired cats!
Joe didn't get that memo.
Of course since we always get two at a time....
Isn't it about time to go get that iPad?
Moving on, and saying goodbye to the cats and bunnies...
... and hello to the new iPad! (Meeting its new family of Macbook Pro and Entourage Edge)
Did Subway know what they were asking for when they advertised free wifi hotspot?!
Not related to the iPad, but I think it's cool that composting is Island-wide here on PEI. You'll always see a compost next to a garbage. Even in the hotel we stayed in, there were two garbage cans (clearly marked with a list of what goes in which bin) in the bathroom.
The day wasn't all kittens and iPads, though. I misread the bus schedule . . .
Actually, I read the bus schedule correctly. I just thought it was Sunday instead of Saturday.
Sunday would be the day that has a 5pm return bus home, not Saturday. Joe stews a little while I call a cab.
But of course, the whole reason to buy an iPad was for Joe to draw some slides. It became quite clear by 5 a.m. the next morning that a finger was not going to cut it, and so I spent a couple of hours researching various ways to manufacture a DIY iPad stylus.
This is the version we settled on for now. This is our "before the stores are open" stylus and the best we could do with supplies on hand. I think it's kind of cute, in an anachronistic way, that I fashioned it so that it can be "refillable."
Here is the stylus tip up close. And, it's important to note that the pen is metal.
Our first version was inspired by an online comment that a wet Q-tip would work, provided that your hand was in contact with the cotton (or additional cotton, like cotton pads.) This worked well for a while, because the lower part of the pen shaft is metal, but we needed a "water well" (as opposed to an ink well) to keep rewetting the tip periodically.
So, we moved on to ideas of sponge/foam, but not all of those materials are conductive. For those that aren't, soaking in a little salt water makes them conductive. I reused the metal spring from inside the pen to attach to the inner end of the sponge, which also comes into contact with the metal pen barrel. So the charge appears to go from salty wet sponge tip (protected by a plastic grocery produce bag) to metal spring, to metal barrel to finger tips.
Because the other one is already made, I'll just give you an idea of the steps I took. (This one actually needs a lot more foam and the metal spring to work, but I don't have those handy - so for illustration purposes only.)
1. wrap foam in the centre of a large piece of plastic grocery produce bag. There needs to be lots of plastic bag available on either end.
This will be the tip, and notice I have a lot of bag left over at what will be the front of the stylus. (And the pictures do eventually get better. Bear with me.)
2. Twist the plastic bag at one end. (The front of the stylus.)
All I'm doing here is trying to make a nice rounded tip and additionally, give myself something I can thread through the lower barrel of the pen.
3. Use the twisted end of the plastic as a thread (you may want to fold over to make it thicker/sturdier just to get it to thread) and pull through, leaving the sponge not yet pulled through.
4. Soak the sponge in salt water.
5. Continue to pull through from the front until some/enough sponge pokes out to use as a stylus tip.
Note: the reason it's covered in plastic is simply to keep the iPad dry while the sponge is wet. If you had conductive foam, you wouldn't need the plastic at all. (But, that will be my next, "after stores are open" version.)
The tip now looks like this, pulled through. You just want enough so that even with medium-firm pressure, you're not going to scratch the iPad.
6. Twist the plastic again (because it has probably become untwisted) only to trap in the water from the damp sponge.
7. Fiddle with it until you like the tip. At this point, it should work on the ipad.
8. Twist and tape off to the side. Do not use the image of my fingerprints for nefarious purposes.
9. Cut off the excess plastic.
10. For a smoother, more rounded tip, take another piece of the plastic bag and cover the whole thing.
11. Shape and tape to the barrel of the pen.
This is my demonstration model, but of course, the original was used with much more foam and the metal spring.
So this is really what you want it to look like. (It's been soaking this whole time.)
Now the rest of the pen screws together...
So Joe can just put it in his mouth.
No, just kidding! So Joe can do THIS! :)
All of this was done using the stylus, which works quite well. For my next trick, however, when I can buy supplies, I hope to create a version like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN1xvPL_Irw