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Samsung patents an S-Pen with a built-in camera

Samsung patents an S-Pen with a built-in camera

"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. Also, it is not clear if the Galaxy Note that will be using this stylus will be ditching the selfie camera or not.

As with all patents, there's no guarantee a camera-loaded S-Pen will ever become a reality.

The patent was originally filed by Samsung back in 2017 but it was recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. With this patent, Samsung aims to incorporate a camera in the top section of the S-Pen, and what is more, the camera is equipped with an optical zoom system and a Key, which should provide better quality shots in theory than digital zoom, while the key will allow for control.

The camera could potentially allow Samsung to make a full-screen display without a selfie camera.

Given how tiny the S Pen is, it's hard to imagine that there is enough room inside the pint-sized stylus to fit a capable shooter.




Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 delivered a significantly upgraded S-Pen, using Bluetooth to enable a variety of features.

Another possibility is that the stylus camera could be used for productivity tasks, such as optical text recognition.

You could also imagine the camera being attractive to obsessive note-takers who want to quickly snap a photograph of a presentation while they're writing on their device, especially if image-to-text conversion is incorporated. For instance, users can hold down the button on the S Pen to open the camera app, tap the button once to take a photo or double tap to switch between the front or rear camera.

It's unclear if/when we can expect this tech in a new smartphone (although the patent mentions support for notebooks and monitors too).


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