Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Samsung May Solve Design Complaints With Camera-Equipped S Pen

Samsung May Solve Design Complaints With Camera-Equipped S Pen

The S Pen would be large enough to accommodate a more powerful sensor compared to what resides on the smartphone's back panel and would allow Samsung to implement features such as optical zoom.

Here's a snippet of tasty information for anyone looking forward to the August release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10: the South Korean company has just been granted a patent for a stylus with a camera in it. There have been a grand total of zero S Pen with an integrated camera. But a new S Pen equipped with a camera would likely be accompanied by new software features, pertaining to the camera app, in particular.

If you thought it was weird seeing Samsung stuffing the Galaxy Note 9 thin S-Pen with a Bluetooth radio and battery, then the latest news about the celebrated S-pen might be more interesting to you, as Samsung thinks it can squeeze more into the thin piece of accessory.

But why go through all the trouble of cramming a camera inside the stylus?

"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", the patent reads.

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This would result in a more expansive screen and remove the need for a display notch.

Now it appears that Samsung has bigger plans for the digital stylus.

An included diagram illustrates the pen sitting in a Galaxy Note-style holding storage space as well as peeking out slightly like those pop-up cam systems we've seen recently.

Samsung's Galaxy Note phones and the S Pen have helped the series stand out in the premium flagship market. This could be ideal when taking notes during a meeting or lecture, allowing users to snap a photo of a presentation slide via the S-Pen to convert it to text, much like Google Lens and Microsoft's Office Lens. Spotted by PatentlyMobile, the patent mentions that the S Pen is meant to an upcoming Galaxy Note device, but doesn't specify which one.

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