Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

There Might Be A Camera Inside The Galaxy Note 10's Stylus

Samsung is considering to put a camera in the S Pen Samsung Found A Genuinely Good Reason To Use A Stupid Stylus
Katie Ramirez | 09 February, 2019, 07:02

"The electric pen device includes a control board configured to interact with an electronic device and a communication module configured to communicate by wire or wirelessly with the electronic device, so that an image or a picture taken by a camera is confirmed and an optical zoom is controlled from the external electronic device", says the abstract in the USPTO patent. Even more impressive is the fact that the camera fitted inside the stylus will have optical zoom hardware for a more superior magnification compared to digital zoom. For its next S Pen trick, it may put a camera inside.

There are quite a few reasons as to why an S Pen with a camera is probably not happening.

A patent for the system described above was filed by Samsung in 2017, and granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just yesterday, when it was published by the governmental regulatory body.

FIG. 3 shows us the four main components of the S-Pen of the patent: an optical system, image sensor, control key, and controller. Honestly though, that sounds like kind of a faff - busting out the S-Pen every time you want to practice your pout.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note phones and the S Pen have helped the series stand out in the premium flagship market. Like in case with all other patents, it's not like we would see the new functionality on the Galaxy Note 9 successor. Using the extra space in the stylus opens up an opportunity to include a wider range of optical zoom options. This is all in addition to taking regular notes.

The patent suggests the new S-Pen would have a battery, treading similar ground as the Note 9's stylus.

Giving users a higher-quality zoom on Samsung devices seems great on its own, but the bigger implication is that the stylus could take over the duties of the selfie-cam. It is not for sure when will Samsung decide to use this tech in its smartphones.

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