Apple patents stylus that will write on all surfaces and transmits images to digital screens

Apple has received a patent for a new stylus or smart pen that will take hand-written texts and drawings and display them on the screen of a device like a smartphone or tablet. This is an accessory that could come in handy in a classroom setting. If a teacher were to use the stylus on a whiteboard in a classroom, an accurate reproduction of the notes could be transmitted to students' tablets...
This is a discussion for a news article. To read the whole news, click here


65. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

There are already products even that do similar jobs, like the livescribe smartpen ( Although that pen seems to need special paper. But there are more products out there that do similar jobs. But most of them need special digitizer, while Apple's approach is to use the sensors in the pen itself, which is unique.

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I've already read about an identical device over a year ago. So, no, apple aren't the first ones. They might have patented certain solutions, but not the whole idea.

3. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

"identical device over a year ago". This patent was filled in 2010. Anything else?

4. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1114; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

yeah right. filed in 2010 and never going to get materialized until someone else do it first and then apple can go to the court like a cry baby telling how original that it.

25. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Exsctly, they don't even have the technology, only a vision of how it should work. Where's the apple watch? Still in the development and when it comes out you won't be even allowed to develop serious apps for it till the end of the year. Awesome pen from the crestors of the most expensive bendable phone known of having many other issues. Troll patents are the best.

5. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

People like Neros and Zues don't even bother reading the already tiny article.

24. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

They don't even have such a device. God, this company has problems with developing a watch. All they have is some trashy prototype. Same here. Lol, device based on apples technology. Lmao, they can't even make it work properly, but they still get the patent nonetheless.

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The patent system is an irony. Meant to protect innovation for the inventor but end up killing it. Because there no working prototype involved, rich cooperation use money to come up with ideas then sue those that spent time and resource to get it to work. Please change to requirement to patent from drawing to working prototyping.

49. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I agree with this. Technological patents should only be applied on working prototypes, not on paper proposals.

48. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Clearly you're scared the apple watch is going to be a success, don't see a trashy prototype anywhere.

58. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its has nothing to do with Apple. Apple will be at an advantage as it require fund and know how to make working prototype. Only troll that don't have the technical know how to bring a idea into fruition will be affected. Apple can hire truckload of engineers to work on prototyping. Create more employment which benefit the middle and lower income group. Of course the mega rich would whine about the increase of cost and labour. Let them!!


Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Is apple ever the first? No, no they are not. First to sue over bullsh*t patents? Absolutely.

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

art thou irate bretheren?

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31044; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, bretheren is iRate.

27. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Yup! Wacom actually already did this over a year ago with the livescribe pen. It is literally what this patent described. So I highly doubt it will get approved.

66. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Nope, livescribe uses special paper to digitize what you write. And there are other smartpens, but they require a special digitizer or store the information on the internal memory, not send it live to the device. The iPen uses it's internal sensors and doesn't require special paper and does send it's information directly to the device.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

iPen. Shut up and take my damn monies apple.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31044; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes, and AppleWatch.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31044; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mxy, Arte 8800/SirLancelot will be along shortly. Stay tuned.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I could probably use a good laugh

70. Sir-Lancelot

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 05, 2014


76. darkkjedii

Posts: 31044; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

lol bye bye

34. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Monies? What an iMoron.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31044; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Majerk? What an iHater.

39. willard12 unregistered

"Who wants a stylus." - S. Jobs

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31044; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We're aware he said that.

43. willard12 unregistered

Good for you. We're also already aware that Apple can "shut up and take your damn monies" for styluses and square watches with horrible battery life (that you used to "LOL"until Apple told you not to). We're also aware that you're married, live in Las Vegas, work in transportation, and like camping out for anything Apple tells you to buy.....even if they told you not to buy it before, and probably got a selfie-stick for Christmas.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31044; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We're aware of that.

54. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Cool story bro

92. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Don't forget his saggy middle age wife, puke kid from another baby mama and his strange obsession of bragging about working out and then taking too many selfies as if we wouldn't believe him.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.