Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Have Filed A Patent For A Surface Pen With A Rechargeable Battery
It has come to light that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have filed for a patent with the U.S Patent and Trademark office for a surface pen that is rechargeable. The pen is similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pen stylus though it will use a rechargeable battery and will have a docking station for recharging and safe keeping purposes.
The current stylus pen is a non-rechargeable one with a battery, which can last between six months and one year. This might seem a significant period but when it is time to purchase a new battery, most users usually feel inconvenienced. Microsoft also noted that Stylus is a small pen, which can easily be misplaced. Due to this, the docking station can be used for storage purposes other than charging.
Images of the rumoured pen showed that it has one terminal formed from ferromagnetic to serve as the charging terminal. The pen’s itself is just like a regular pen having one end as a drawing tip while the other is an eraser. It also has a power button, which displays if the pen is off or on. The upper section of the pen has a light indicator, which will presumably be used to show the battery status.
The design of the stylus is in contrast to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Pencil, which can be charged awkwardly by plugging it into the iPad Pro. This design has had Apple criticized for the bizarre charging method, and Microsoft is trying to avoid this. Though the Apple design is criticised, users enjoy the 12 hours of battery before plugging it to charge. They never have to think about replacing the batteries.
Sources claim that Microsoft filed the patent back in June 2014 though the patent was only published recently. Filling a patent do not necessary mean that a new product will be released through a rechargeable pen would be interesting and quite convenient.
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Surface Pro 5 and Surface Book 2 are expected in the fall of 2016, and they might be having this reachable pen.