No More Touchscreen Errors

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.

 

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If you don’t fancy the Tech Tips on the end of your  fingers, you can buy gloves that are specially made to interact with your  smartphone’s touchscreen

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