A years-old Apple patent filing might yield clues as to the company’s future plans for Apple Pencil, as the document includes never before seen features like interchangeable multifunction nibs with built-in sensors.
Like Apple Pencil, the device described by Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 9,329,703
for an “Intelligent Stylus,” as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, employs sensors, microprocessors and advanced algorithms to capture hand gestures for display on a digital touchscreen.Both Pencil and the proposed device operate by determining stylus condition at a set point in time, specifically when the conductive nib makes contact with a tablet’s capacitive display. These conditions are measured by a set of onboard sensors ranging in capability from pressure sensing to proximity awareness, broken into readable data and sent to a host device via suitable wireless communications protocol.
Pencil, for example, boasts a finely tuned pressure sensor capable of…
Read the entire article from AppleInsider here: Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport swappable nibs, Touch ID, ‘eraser’ & more
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