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Apple files patent for an iPen?

Haptics technology to be used in the new iPen from Apple

Apple is set to launch a stylus which is named as iPen and it will operate with the company’s iOS devices. Apple has filed a new patent application for the device. On Thursday the U.S Patent and Trademark Office has publicized the applications which dilated the bigger picture of the stylus design by Apple for its touchscreen devices.

According to a report from Apple, they will bring out a stylus that will have an Apple technology called haptics. In fact Apple has filed for a new patent for this technology too. With the help of the upgraded haptics technology we will be able to feel the brush strokes, line thickness and much more.

They are also considering an input device that will give feedback like forces, vibrations, motions that will be sensed by the user and also navigate a user. It will also help in improving the various details by making a more appealing and realistic user interface.

The haptic feedback will help us in confirming the icon whenever the iPen is placed upon and will also provide an output when the device is over or it reaches a graphic item.

This technology can also be used in gaming. The tip of the stylus could be pointed, blunt or a ball that can roll over the touchscreen surface.

As Apple said this iPen could be used to edit graphics that are with conjunction with Apple. Apart from editing it also has a mini-speaker built-in which give the user audio feedback.

Apple is also likely to come with an optical pen for which they have filed yet another patent. This optical pen will determine the motion and locating the stylus in relation to a touchscreen. The tip of the stylus will be pointed for precision input to enable quality writing on an iPad.

This patent was filled way back in November 2010.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-05-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)