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A small, pen-like instrument used to "write" on a touch-screen device.

A stylus provides far more accuracy than could be achieved with a fingertip, and provides a familiar pen-like experience for inputting handwriting or drawings.

A stylus is often nothing more than a simple stick of plastic, except that its tip is specifically designed to not damage the screen.

More advanced styli may have one or more buttons, and some include tip-pressure and/or motion sensors. Some include Bluetooth so they can double as a remote control.

See: Touch Screen

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