Add a stylus holder to your tablet for $2

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Even though most tablets these days are capacitive and don’t stricly need a stylus, many people (including me) still find styli useful in some situations. Maybe you’re taking notes, drawing, or walking around a classroom with your iPad strapped to you hand while teaching math using Air Sketch. Having a stylus does however bring up the issue of where to put it when you’re not using it. I’ve been known to put mine behind the ear, simply because I don’t want a dedicated case to hold it and the alternative is too small to work as a stylus. Luckily, you can make something to do the job yourself- in 5 minutes, with $2 worth of “materials”.

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To do this you need a connector that will fit into your tablet. I have an iPad so I’m using a cheap 30 pin/USB cable. Depending on what tablet you have, you can use normal USB, mini/micro USB, HDMI, or whatever you have available. If you get a spare cable from China you shouldn’t have to spend more than $2 either way. It doesn’t even have to work as long as you can cut off a connector plug from it that you can use. You also need some glue (I used a hot glue gun)and some leather, flexible plastic, cardboard or whatever you have available that can do the job of the fake leather piece I used.

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Cut whatever flexible material you’re using into a thin strip that fits the connector you’re using. Glue one end to the bottom of the connector and stretch it around the stylus so you get a good fit. Glue it to the top of the connector and cut off excess material.

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Were you expecting more steps? If so, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but you’re done.

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In place on the tablet, with the stylus held securely. I wouldn’t recommend keeping this piece on when the iPad is in a bag etc because you can damage the tablet’s connector if you bend it, but when you’re using the tablet and only need a quick place to store the stylus there shouldn’t be an issue.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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