Samsung Patents New S Pen With Built-In Camera And Optical Zoom
Unarguably, Samsung has been trying to be the leader of innovation in technology especially in the smartphone region. With huge success from devices such as the Galaxy S9, S9+ and the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung is now adding bluetooth functionality to its signature S Pen. This has more implications than we can think of.
Enabling bluetooth in the Stylus previously enabled users to use it as a selfie remote, a feature that was usually availed by purchasing add-ons. This was perfect to take selfies and group pictures from a distance. It now appears that the Samsung is taking this a step further. With the inclusion of a built-in camera, taking pictures will become a whole lot easier. Samsung has now been officially granted a patent for the same by the US Patent And Trademark Office.
About The Patent
The patent was first filed in February 2017. The patent included an “electric pen device”, with “an optical system that had a lens & an image sensor”. This allowed the camera to be controlled from an external device. This means that the bluetooth functionality will be obviously retained in the new S Pen.
You can clearly see in the patent image that the optical camera lens is set in the upper chamber of the new S Pen. It also has a control key that will control the zoom-in & zoom-out feature. Its been some time since the patent was filed, so we can expect it to be implemented in the next big Samsung device. Not anytime soon though, because the optical zoom would make the new S Pen thicker than its predecessors. Guess we’ll just have to wait for Samsung to make their move then.