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Samsung patents a stylus with a microphone and a speaker, could this be the next S Pen?

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Samsung patents a stylus with a microphone and a speaker, could this be the next S Pen?
Two Samsung patent applications, recently published by the USPTO, reveal what might be the future of the S Pen, the signature digital stylus of the Galaxy Note device family. It seems that Samsung has researched the possibility to implement communication functionalities to the digital pen by including a microphone and a speaker on it.

According to the patent filings, the next S Pen might allow users to take phone calls and issue different voice commands. Samsung states that this pen "functions as a substitute for a wireless headset" and allows the user "to mount the pen to a shirt pocket or the like and communicate in a phone call using the portable terminal as a base". In line with the patent images, the stylus has an earpiece and a microphone, coupled by a transmitting/receiving module. Samsung's concept is, in fact, quite similar to the one we saw in the first Asus Padfone back in 2012.

It looks like the Korean giant wants to improve the grip mechanism of the S Pen, too. The second patent application depicts a protruding grip, which automatically expands once the user draws the stylus from the device.

One can only guess if Samsung's next S Pen accessory will actually include these features. What are your thoughts on the matter?


source: USPTO (1), (2) via GSMArena

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posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:50 1

1. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Doesn't Asus have one of these for the Padfone?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:55 1

2. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Wonder if Asus has a patent on theirs too?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:13 4

6. buccob (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I hope Asus is protecting their inventions because all I read is people trying to patent ideas that Asus created years ago...

stylus with mic/speaker

tablet + keyboard dock

phone/tablet

Oh well...

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 18:14 1

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 2565; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


http://www.samsung.com/sg/consumer/mobile-devices/mobile-accessories/mobile-accessories/BHM5100UWEGXSP?subsubtype=stylus

Its already here since the first S pen was launch just that Samsung don't market it like its other mainstream product.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 06:58

16. buccob (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well the Note N8000 was announced and released on August... And the first PadFone was announced on February and release on June...

In betting on Asus for being first with that invention...

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:59

3. j-rod2079 (Posts: 20; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Don't know how that worked for the padphone, but it sounds like another Samsung gimmick to me. I think it would make the stylus to heavy, and adds another battery to keep charged.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:09 1

5. neops (Posts: 161; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Now the s-pen makes calls! It's an s-phone! ...Wait, what?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:16 1

7. buccob (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well... in the original Asus PadFone it made way more sense since to receive a call you had to either take the phone out (open the lid, slide it out, answer the call) or you could just answer with a 10" tablet to your face (or in speaker)... so the Stylus was actually a great idea if you can get over the fact that looks weird....

On the other hand a Note phablet is not so bad to take to the face for answering a call... but I understand this if it goes to the Note tablet line...

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:02 1

4. cleat-glitch (Posts: 77; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


simple an cool feature for note4...never had asus...love what they do

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:26

8. dratomic (Posts: 436; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


imagine holding it next to your ear. how stupid does it look?!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 14:08 1

12. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 101; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You don't have to hold it to your ear. I have the Gear and I don't hold it to my ear or mouth.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 15:33 1

14. dratomic (Posts: 436; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i dont get it. if it has a earphone and microphone and is not supposed to be held near the ear then whats the use? youll just use the speaker phonr of the note itself.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 15:14

13. MEeee (Posts: 213; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Just like people said to the Notes.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:43

9. fe__amorim (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


I want a S-pen with a laser

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 13:13

10. mmmanuuu (Posts: 206; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Here comes the S-pen war.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 13:38

11. AstronautJones (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Kind of negates the need for a Galaxy Gear, doesn't it?
if you had a need for it in the first place.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:56

17. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


All you bozos sound S-Envious; this is truly "REVOLUTIONARY", imagine having a portable hand-held mic/speakerphone - G*E*N*I*U*S !!! (And, not the half-@$$ kind you get at some 'Bar'!!)

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 00:59

18. Krjal (Posts: 52; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


I just hope it doesn't become standard. The best thing about the Wacom stylii is that they don't need batteries!

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