Rarely do you see a Microsoft Surface device advertised without its Surface Pen. This is a key feature that the Surface team regularly discusses, and it is one area that is ready for innovation. Recent details show that the work continues to make a smarter pen.
Detailed information comes from a patent called “Zero Power Activation Stylus”;, as well as detailed information about a system that improves the Surface Pen’s ability to know when to switch to ink mode. Mayank Parmar reports:
“… Microsoft says the stylus still uses a vibrating tip to determine when it comes in contact with the surface. The patented Surface Pen also comes with a capsule that is designed to minimize shaft movement, and the shaft runs parallel to the length of the stylus.
“The tip has two antennas, and one is connected to the shaft via a metal track. There is also a transmitter at its tip that can detect the position of the stylus tip and then quickly switch to ink mode.”
The Microsoft Surface vision has always been based on different modes of operation. Think of the Surface Pro 2-in-1 with their removable keyboards, which allow you to use the tablet with and without Qwerty input. Think of the outstanding feature of the Surface Book for a laptop with a fully removable screen? Even with the Surface Laptop, which has no physical conversion, you can still switch between pen input and trackpad movement. The surface is several modes, and switching between them is quick and easy.
This includes the Surface Pen. It has two modes of use. The first is a more traditional approach to computing, based on a stylus that replicates the ideas of a working mouse or trackpad. The second mode is the ink mode, where your artistic flair can prevail.
Surface Pen resolution is better understood when switching modes, reducing mode switching delays, and creating a “magical” experience of mixing styluses and ink modes is a natural next step for Microsoft to address.
As always, the published patent does show the direction in which the equipment development company is moving, but this does not guarantee that this technology will be noticed on consumer devices. But some patents are more likely to fail than others. This one feels like something we’ll see soon.
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