Why spend a ton on buying some fancy stylus for your tablet when there are tons of other pen-like objects you can use or make to operate a touchscreen? Take for instance, this ordinary chopstick.

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Of course, you can't go poking the thing without adding a conductive foam on the tip (the same thing used in keyboards, TV remote controls and packaging gadgets)  Next, you'll need a copper wire to wrap around the chopstick so you're connected to the phone. Check out Instructables user hixair for the rest of the steps.