Microsoft Patents Surface Pen With Earpiece
Microsoft has patented two new versions of its Surface Pen, one which is flexible that includes a removable earpiece and a second that includes an OLED touchscreen.
The application for the flexible stylus surfaced on the US Patent and Trademark Office with an earpiece dock.
The patent reads that the earpiece is removable and feature a speaker, battery, and a wireless radio that can pair with a host device.
As it is flexible, the pen could be wrapped around a person’s ear like a traditional earpiece.
The earpiece could feature input buttons or touch controls that would adjust volume, or to control audio playback.
The patent also indicates that the pen may include input buttons that could zoom in a screen and move through presentation slides.
The second recently surfaced stylus patent features an OLED touchscreen panel that features three different screen layouts.
It is being posited that the OLED display could feature a scroll wheel, that would enable the pen to roll through various settings, like pen strokes and erasing functions, or move through presentation slides.
Microsoft has yet to make any announcement or confirmation on either of the two patents, but it is clear that the company is looking to innovate the Surface Pen.
Possibly more information will be shared alongside the upcoming Surface Pro 7 which is tipped to launch this October 2019.