It is a general consensus that the Samsung S Pen for Galaxy Note series which is also supported by selected Samsung tablets and notebooks is among the best stylus in the business. Then again, stylus is still a stylus though which is a pretty straight forward writing tool but nevertheless, a newly approved patent showed that the Korean company has been trying to make things more interesting for its S Pen.
Originally filed in 2017, the patent involves a stylus that is equipped with a camera system that also includes optical zoom capability. Other information included in the patent document also revealed that the optical zoom on the stylus can be controlled using a built-in control key or via external devices.
Among external devices that were cited in the document are smartphone, notebook, and interestingly, monitor. As most patents out there though, it didn’t include specific details such as sensor size, sensor resolution, battery capacities and many more.
However, this is nothing out of ordinary since patent usually represents the technology but not the exact product. Furthermore, not all patents become real-life products anyway.
Still, a built-in camera and optical zoom could spark a new life into the Samsung S Pen stylus by extending its capability through new use cases.