It is rare that you see a Microsoft Surface device being promoted without its Surface Pen. This is a key feature that is regularly talked about by the Surface team, and is an area for innovation. The latest details show work continues to create a more intelligent pen.
The description comes from a patent called “Stylus for Zero Force Activation” and details a system for improving the ability of surface pens when switching to incoming mode. Mayank Parmar’s report:
“” Microsoft says that the stylus still uses a vibration tip to determine when contact with the surface occurs. The patented surface pens also come with capsules designed to reduce shaft speed and run parallel to the length of the shaft stylus.
“The tip has two antennas and is connected to the shaft using a track made of a metal material. It also has a transmitter located in the tip and it can detect the position of the stylus tip, and then quickly switch to incoming mode Can do.”
Microsoft’s Surface Vision is always built around different ways of working. Think of the Surface Pro 2-in-1s with your detachable keyboard allowing for a tablet experience with and without QWERTY input. Think of the excellent feature of a Surface Book laptop with a fully detachable screen? Even in Surface laptops, which do not have a physical change that you can still move between pen input and trackpad movements. Surface is about multiple modes, and switching between them quickly and easily.
Which also includes a surface pen. There are two ways of using it. The first is the traditional stylus-based approach to computing, repeating the ideas of a mouse or trackpad in computing. The second mode is the incoming mode, where your artistic flare can be controlled.
By allowing Surface Pens to better understand mode switching, reducing delays in switching modes, and mixing stylus- and incoming-modes to create a ‘magical’ experience, Microsoft knows There is a great next step to do.
As always, a published patent shows the direction a company is taking with hardware development, but does not guarantee that the technology will be visible on consumer devices. But some patents are more likely to show up than others. It sounds like we are seeing something in the near future.
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