Apple has been awarded a patent for a “communicating stylus” at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which is capable of digitally capturing drawings and handwritten notes.
The stylus will reportedly be capable of capturing notes on a variety of everyday surfaces, including paper and whiteboards. In theory, users could write on a wall, or even thin air, and the device would still transfer the input to an Apple device. This is because the pen features 3D motion sensors.
Apple will also utilise wireless transmission, internal storage and accelerometer sensors in order to transfer the captured notes to a digital display. The patent also details various exchangeable tips for the stylus. It will supposedly have actual ink, markers for a whiteboard, or a rubberised nub for traditional use.
As a result, it may be possible to display writing on multiple displays, take notes in two forms at the same time, or create a digital backup that is easier to modify and share.
This patent has been a long time coming. Apple originally filed for it nearly five years ago. It is as yet unclear if Apple will push through with the creation of the stylus, but at least the company is looking at new technologies.