Few people will see a Microsoft Surface device without the Surface Pen being upgraded. This is a key feature that the Surface team regularly discusses and is a mature area for innovation. The latest details show that work continues to make the pen smarter.
The detailed information comes from a patent named “Zero Force Activation Stylus”
“…Microsoft stated that the stylus still uses a vibrating head to determine when it is in contact with the surface. The patented Surface stylus also comes with a capsule designed to minimize axis movement and the axis is parallel The length of the pen.
“The soldering iron tip has two antennas, one is connected to the shaft with a track made of metal material. There is also a transmitter on the soldering iron tip, which can detect the position of the stylus tip, and then quickly switch to inking mode.”
Microsoft’s Surface vision has always been built around different working models. Consider the Surface Pro 2-in-1 keyboard with a detachable keyboard, which can bring a tablet experience with or without qwerty input. Think of the outstanding features of the Surface Book laptop with a completely detachable screen? Even in a Surface laptop without physical conversion, you can still move between pen input and trackpad movement. Surface is about multiple modes, and you can switch between them quickly and easily.
Including Surface Pen. It can be used in two ways. The first is a more traditional stylus-based calculation method, which can replicate the idea of a mouse or touchpad in operation. The second mode is the ink mode, where your artistic talents can be taken over.
Let the Surface Surface stylus better understand when to switch modes, reduce the delay of switching modes, and create a “magic” experience of mixing stylus and ink modes. This is the next step that Microsoft naturally wants to solve.
As always, the published patents do show the company’s development direction in hardware development, but there is no guarantee that the technology will be seen on consumer devices. But some patents are more likely to appear than others. It feels like something we will see in the near future.
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