HP’s New Patent for a Smartpen is Looking to Push Boundaries of What a Smartpen Can Do

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Samsung had done something exceptional with its digital Pen, the S Pen. They were able to reimagine the extent to which they could have pushed their boundaries, and they, indeed, succeeded. Taking the ability of the Pen beyond performing the regular and usual stuff, such as writing texts and scribbling doodles and art on display, they updated the S Pen with remote functionality.

The Pen’s side trigger could be used to take a photo without even having to touch their smartphone. Samsung’s venture did not stop at that. As of now, Samsung’s new patent is trying to foresee the S Pen acts as a camera. This S Pen camera will also have an advanced optical zoom. HP is quick to jump to the occasion, and as such, HP also wants to join in this new smartpen trend.

A new HP patent application has been released, which showcases a next-gen digital pen that has newly added functionality and a gesture system to better help students, small businesses, and professionals by adding extended functionality.

HP’s patent application was filed back in August 2018. The added new and extended functionalities could now perform a zoom operation, a rotate operation, a multimedia streaming operation, and a presentation slide operation. The battery power may be used to activate a sensor and the Bluetooth interface. This interface may be a medium for transmitting a control signal to an electronic device with a touch-sensitive display.

The smartpen may also have the ability to recognize gestures so that it can map input gestures to the gesture commands defined in an electronic device. A gyro sensor embedded in the smartpen will be able to detect the vertical and horizontal modes. The gesture in horizontal mode can perform multimedia streaming operations.

This mode can be activated by holding the input pen horizontally while the pen’s trigger button is activated. On the other hand, the gesture in a vertical mode may perform screen operations, and it is defined by holding the input pen vertically while the trigger is activated.

Apple, too, is, in fact, eyeing the same patent, and a specific patent found in the Apple Pencil Archives could perform whatever HP patent is promising. Apple may even take it further by integrating the Apple Pencil with future AR and mixed reality headsets.

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