3764 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 23, 2010 2:09 AM by Kennef3G
The touch screen doesn't work by pressure so you can press as hard as you want with the stylus but nothing will happen. The screen responds to the static electricity from skin contact. My guess is that the stylus acts as an extension of you finger but having it on the carpet is screwing that up.... It also explains why wearing gloves renders the stylus useless. If I had to guess, if you read the packaging for the stylus it explains how it works.
You're point of entry for this problem should probably be POGO, not OtterBox. The OtterBox Defender case is made of plastic and silicon, and is non-conductive, so I would rule out the requirement to be holding the cased iPhone in your hand. Try placing the cased iPhone on another non-conductive surface (like a wooden table), and touch it with the POGO. Observe what happens.
As john.grayson stated, I would suspect POGO has detailed how their device works either on the packaging on on their website, since the iPhone screen uses your finger's conductivity to work.
The issue with the POGO not working when placed on the carpet may be related to the static electricity build-up in the carpet interfering with the POGO's functionality. The conductivity path should be from your hand to the POGO. Holding the iPhone (or not) won't have any effect. Again this can be tested by placing your (cased or uncased) iPhone on a non-conductive surface (and not touching it), and experimenting with the POGO (no gloves, gloves, etc) and see if the there is any change.
I suspect you will find the issue solved when you have skin-to-POGO contact, regardless of where the iPhone is placed (with some exceptions like sitting on the carpet as per above) or whether it is in the Defender or uncased.
I tried the use the iphone+case on a wooden stool to test as a non-conductive surface, and it had the same problem as when the iphone+case was on the carpet.
I went ahead and tried the idea I posted earlier.
I got some copper tape and wrapped it around the POGO stylus.
I got a long, thing wire and made a crissed-crossed backing and then set the iphone+case on the wire backing.
I tethered the end of the wire backing to the pogo stylus.
I can use the iphone+case with and without gloves.
This weird situation started from how I wanted to use my iphone as a gps for my motorcycle. I have a universal ram mount that secures the iphone+case. I wasn't able to provide inputs to the gps unit without taking my gloves off and using my finger. Really annoying! Please note I just wanted to make small inputs to my GPS. I wasn't surfing facebook on my bike! Ride safe!!!!!
So now I wrapped the wire around the base plate of my universal ram mount.
I hope this helps someone.... So long Garmin!!