Future S Pen might capture digital signatures and carry a microphone

Back in 2014, a patent application filed by Samsung with the USPTO showed a stylus with a built-in microphone and a speaker. Phone calls could be made through the device. According to the filing, the stylus "functions as a substitute for a wireless headset" allowing 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."

Today, some three years later, a report out of Korea says that Samsung’s S Pen development chief Chae Won-sik has admitted that studies are underway to determine the best way to add a microphone to the accessory. In addition, Samsung and its partners are reportedly working on the technology needed for the S Pen to create digital signatures. After the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was introduced last week, Chae said that the company wants the S Pen to provide a "more sophisticated digital signature solution." The executive added that an S Pen that creates and captures digital signatures will lead to new demands for the Galaxy Note phablet and its writing tool from the Business to Business (B2B) market.

Despite the possibility that an S Pen that captures digital signatures would be a hit in the B2B market, don't expect to see the S Pen offered on other Samsung smartphones outside of the Note line. Nobutaka Ide, executive vice president of Wacom’s technology solution business unit that includes the S Pen, says that his company, along with Samsung, has spent seven years studying electron magnetic resonance. He says that in order to upgrade this technology, Wacom and Samsung will focus on using the S Pen for Galaxy Note models only. The Wacom executive also noted that as more features are added to the S Pen, the security of the digital writing instrument will be enhanced.

source: TheInvestor via AndroidAuthority

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17 Comments

1. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Even after 7 years of the Galaxy Note line, it still has no competition.

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

That's because the competition doesn't see any use for it. Trust me, it the pen was a run away success for average consumers, every phone would have it by now. Also remember, we are strictly talking about phones, so please do t bring up the Apple Pencil.

3. Wickedsamaritan

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

You are probably one of those pathetic kids that cried like a sissy boy in Art classes in Midschool

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

And you're probably one of those kids who dropped out of Middle School altogether... Life is a mysterious thing.

13. Wickedsamaritan

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

You are probably that kid that wasted all your life watching James bond 007 series and lost all your common sense

6. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"That's because the competition doesn't see any use for it" Right, that's precisely what the sheeple were saying about wireless charging, OLED, big screens, over 300 PPI, etc. Until of course apple copied it. Then all of a sudden, the excuse is now "they were making it the right way". The hypocrisy never ends... BTW, apple just recently stole a patent for it, let the history repeat: https://9to5mac.com/2017/08/24/apple-pencil-iphone/

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But the lazy greedy sluts won't include the pen/pencil with the phone. LAME!

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

My reply was to DRS1977. They spoke as if the S pen was some advanced tech that no one else can match. That's laughable. I simply stated that no one has copied it because there is really not that much demand for it. I'm speaking of other Android manufacturers as well, not just Apple dude. The Note is more popular for its higher specs, larger screen and multitasking capabilities. The S pen is something that most Note owners use the first few days and then they forget about it. Most would prefer to get rid of it and add a larger battery.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It doesn't need to be a runaway success. That is where your opinion is so flawed. Every phone doesn't need it. Even when the stylus was a thing, only certain phones had them. Not ever phone. You are still not thinking outside the box. When phones came with a stylus, how many of them did vs those that didn't. It is what its always been. A tool if you need it. I guess pens and pencils aren't important because they are a runaway success for average consumers according to you. The Note is a consumer oriented device. Itos meant for people who want a bit more productivity from a device. It is a niche device as it was meant to be to begin with. It is a runaway success because the Note has over 50M users and counting. Have you ever sold 50M of anything? No? Then just shutup. We din't ask for your convoluted opinion of a device you have no plans of buying or have ever owned.

4. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

The best of the best just got better. http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_Note8_ShootOut_100.htm "The Galaxy Note8 is the most innovative and high performance Smartphone display that we have ever lab tested. So the Galaxy Note8 becomes the Best Performing Smartphone Display, earning DisplayMate’s highest ever A+ grade."

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Did you read some of the cool things Sm said? The Note 8 has the brightest display EVER! 1200 NITS. (728 Nits max is set to max manually) = 22% brighter than the S8's. "Certified by the UHD Alliance for Mobile HDR Premium" "Absolute Color Accuracy" 4.3Million Pixels. More than double a HDTV. The Galaxy Note8 matches or sets new Smartphone display performance records for: · Largest Native Color Gamut (112% DCI-P3 and 141% sRGB / Rec.709). · Highest Peak Display Brightness (1,240 nits). · Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light (270). · Highest Screen Resolution 3K (2960x1440). · Highest Contrast Ratio (Infinite). · Lowest Screen Reflectance (4.6 percent). · Smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle (29 percent). So color accuracy is based on the "KELVIN" scale, where the tech spec states 6500K is 100% color balance. The Note 8 is 6471 in Cinema mode and 6465 in Photo/Basic mode. That a bit cooler than the spec, but very near 100% accuracy. It as absolute color accuracy for DCI-P# and sRGB, with color error be 0 LUX, which means any discernible difference in color accuracy is mot measurable. Waiting for DXO to give the score on the camera. The S8's got 88 out of 100, with only the Pixel @89 and the U11 scorong 90. Which means they are so close to each other. The Note 8 should hit 89 or 90 I expect or suspect.

11. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"The Note 8 has the brightest display EVER! 1200 NITS. (728 Nits max is set to max manually) = 22% brighter than the S8's." PA's review will say 480 NITS LOL "Waiting for DXO to give the score on the camera. The S8's got 88 out of 100, with only the Pixel @89 and the U11 scorong 90. Which means they are so close to each other. The Note 8 should hit 89 or 90 I expect or suspect." That would just seal the deal, the Note 8 will be the GOAT in 2017 Did you pre-order yours, yet?

8. audibot

Posts: 634; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i would like to see an extra finger print scanner on the s-pen so pulling it out unlocks it with your thumb

14. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Well you could say that for any unique feature in a phone really

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Best pen on the market, is getting better.

16. tempdogg74

Posts: 136; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

I love the Note series. I held on to my Note 3 long enough was a great phone tine to upgrade

17. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Amen!

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