A cure for sausage fingers: Clip-on tips which spell an end to smartphone typos
Do your fat fingers mean you make embarrassing spelling mistakes when you tap out a text on your phone?
If so, help is – literally – at hand, in the form of supplementary tips for your fingers.
The new accessory, called Tech Tips, come in different sizes to fit on to fingertips of any width and even over thick gloves – providing perfect contact with phones and tablets.
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Fat-fingered texters can save their blushes with a fingertip extension that makes using a touchscreen much easierThe product, available in packs of four priced $9.99 (£6.30) from www.usetechtips.com, proved a hit at the Consumer Electronic Show 2013 in Las Vegas.
And they’re already being snapped up by touchscreen phone and tablet users from around the world struggling to get to grips with the technology.
The creation is the brainchild of Sri Vellanki, who came up with the idea after finding it tough to use her iPhone with long fingernails.
Ms Vellanki, originally from India but now living in Montana, USA, said: ‘I got my first iPhone in 2011 and I was having problems because it always had to make skin contact and my nails didn’t work.
‘I thought I could make an electrically conductive nail polish and easily fix the problem but it turned out to be more complicated than that.
‘So I figured out what had to be done to make a very small stylus that was comfortable, economical and extremely accurate.
‘I had a working prototype based on guitar fingerpick within a month and it took me about a year from that point to get the first Tech Tips styluses manufactured.
‘I used a mechanical engineering firm to help bring my prototype into a product that could be manufactured easily.
‘I had 3D prototypes done to make sure that Tech Tips were comfortable and made to fit different sized hands, from those of a young child to a large man.
‘We even have large enough sizes to fit over a glove so that you can actually text without taking your glove off. There are six sizes from XS to XXL.
‘So far we have had loads of interest and a fantastic response at the Consumer Electronic Show 2013 in January which is where we launched our products.
‘Everyone from large retailers, educational institutions and large corporations showed significant interest.
She added: ‘The nail had to look nice, I didn’t want women to have to compromise.’
Attribution: Kate Bevan