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

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



1. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

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

2. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Wonder if Asus has a patent on theirs too?

6. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 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...

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012 Its already here since the first S pen was launch just that Samsung don't market it like its other mainstream product.

16. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 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...

3. j-rod2079

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 28, 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.

5. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

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

7. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 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...

4. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

8. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

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

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

14. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 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.

13. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Just like people said to the Notes.

9. fe__amorim

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

I want a S-pen with a laser

10. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Here comes the S-pen war.

11. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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'!!)

18. Krjal

Posts: 439; Member since: Dec 19, 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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