If Apple has filed a patent for a device featuring a stylus, this isn’t the first time that the company has filed for such an accessory. patent, filed with United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)And spotted by Apple Insider, is an “interactive pen” that allows a user to write on a surface — be it a piece of paper or a whiteboard — and then transmits the gathered information to a digital device such as an iPad. .
The stylus, logically named the iPen, would use sensors and an accelerometer, and transmit data via wireless connectivity to a tablet or other device. Of course, this is not the first time that such a smart pen has been invented, and it probably won’t be the last either, but it is a first for the Cupertino company.
In a patent application approved in late December, Apple noted that the stylus could be used in a classroom with a student who is taking handwritten notes, and a digital version of those notes automatically replicated to the smartphone in his pocket. goes.
While the pen may have an internal storage space, the scribbles may be stored after a specified period of time before being transmitted to the paired digital camera, or when a certain amount of data has been collected. But, as explained in the patent, data can be transmitted on the fly, allowing notes or drawings written on a nearby surface to be displayed and measured.
In the patent, Apple says, “It should be noted that the use of multiple accelerometers may allow the pen to track motion in three dimensions rather than following only one motion in two dimensions”. In other words, you can even draw in the air.
While the patent may not be revealed, it could potentially be a must-have accessory for Apple’s anticipated iPad Pro, expected to be unveiled this year. Although Steve Jobs didn’t see the value of such an item, the allure of the Samsung Galaxy Note range may prove the contrary…