Microsoft continues to explore new technologies for the Surface Pen. The latest patent suggests that the pen quickly goes into inking mode using the “force-less activation” feature.
This is based on a patent application published by WIPO on October 8 and filed by Microsoft in March 2020. The patent application speaks of the independent contact between a stylus and a surface. Forceless triggering, improved ink mode pen detection events, and more.
The next Surface Pen will detect when you’re going to type
The patent is simply titled “Stylus for Force-less Activation” and Microsoft says the stylus always uses a vibrating tip to determine when contact with a surface occurs.
The patented Surface Pen also comes with a capsule designed to minimize rod movement and the rod is parallel to the length of the pen.
The tip has two antennae and one is connected to the shaft with the help of a track made of metallic material. There is also a transmitter located on its tip and it can sense the position of the pen tip, then quickly switch to ink mode.
Microsoft is also patenting “zero-force windows” as a solution to detecting the presence of a laptop, 2-in-1, or tablets when they are in contact with the tip of the Surface Pen.
In another example, Microsoft noted that the stylus will go into inking mode based on the data from the zero force implementation. This allows Microsoft to troubleshoot the Surface Pen. Like the inability to activate inking mode when users remove the stylus from the screen.
Like any other Microsoft patent for different types of technology, we don’t know if this will be possible to implement and there is no guarantee that the company’s patented idea will be used for actual products.
For example, Microsoft has a patent for solar panels on the Surface Pro, but that has yet to become a reality.
In fact, if you look at the history of patents filed by Microsoft. We can see that most of the patents relate to devices that have never ceased to exist.