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I'm trying to trigger a human touch in a capacitive touchscreen without the 'human' part. I've noticed that the negative pole of a battery triggers it if you are currently holding it. Or if you use the edge - why only the edge? - of a wire touching the battery and your hand. I also attached a wire in a metal bottle and connected the battery to it's end (with the battery touching the screen) and it also worked - but sometimes it also didn't.

The question is: How can I trigger a touch on the screen without the human touch, using objects from the hardware store?

I have almost no physics knowledge for this, so you guys have to tell me exactly what to do (which material, where to buy and etc).

Thank you

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closed as not constructive by David Z Jul 9 '11 at 1:24

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Hi José! I wanted to point out that asking about specific building instructions is off topic for this site. A better way to pose your question would be to ask about how capacitive touchscreens work and what sort of physical stimulus is necessary to "trigger" them - that invites answers that explain the underlying physics, which is what this site is about. I closed the question, but you can still edit it to focus on the physics rather than the construction; when you do, just flag the question for moderator attention and I'll be happy to reopen it. –  David Z Jul 9 '11 at 1:27

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A tightly rolled anti static bag (like the one memory chips or electronics come in) will work just fine. Easy to keep near the unit.

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