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Friday, 07 February 2014 13:19

Apple patents the stylus

Written by Nick Farrell



Copies Microsoft again

Fruit themed Cargo cult Apple is now so stuck for ideas that it has starting to re-invent Microsoft ideas it mocked for ages. Apple rubbished Microsoft’s use of a stylus claiming that “no one wanted them” and “you lose them.”

Steve Jobs famously said "We're going to use the best pointing device in the world," Jobs announced. "We're going to use a pointing device that we're all born with -- born with 10 of them. We're going to use our fingers."

Well it seems that Apple has decided that fingers are not good enough after all and after seven years Jobs’ Mob has decided to copy Microsoft’s vision. Cupertino has filed over 22 separate patents for a smarter, stylus dubbed the "iPen."

Apple insists that the idea isn't just a pointing device, but could also serve a number of different applications. The longer base of the stylus can act as a power source, camera, audio recorder, communication circuit, gyroscope, accelerometer, laser pointer, projector, or be used for similar purposes.

According to the patents, the gyroscope and accelerometer would work together to detect non-surface interaction or "air gestures." So in between scribbles and scrawls, a user may wave the iPen in the air as an on-screen command, perhaps to turn a page or switch between windows. Apple indicates that the stylus could act as a mouse using these air gestures.

Nick Farrell

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