Samsung May Add an Optical Zoom Camera to the S Pen Stylus, Patent Hints

Smartphone makers are experimenting with thoughts like pop-up cameras and hole-punch displays to get rid of the notch, but Samsung has a very unique idea to do the feat. As per a patent given to Samsung, the organization is seeking to incorporate a camera to the stylus which may eventually debut on a future version of the S Pen. Much more impressive is how the camera fitted inside the stylus will have optical zoom hardware for a more exceptional magnification compared to digital zoom.

Spotted by the folks over at Patently Mobile, the patent awarded to Samsung from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is titled”Electronic pencil apparatus having optical zoom” and talks about a stylus which comes armed with an optical system which comprises of a lens and an image sensor. As per the patent document, the camera-toting S Pen would come with a control board designed to work in tandem with an electronic device which may well be a smartphone and also comes with a communication module.

The stylus would be able to sending the imaging signals or information to the connected device by means of a wire as well as wirelessly, possibly through Bluetooth. The S Pen that comes with Samsung’s most up-to-date Note flagship – the Galaxy Note 9 — currently has Bluetooth support. So, the camera-equipped stylus explained in the patent might just be an evolutionary form that builds on the wireless connectivity service of its predecessor and utilizes it to send imaging information captured from the onboard camera. Even the stylus would also contain a control key inside the home or the cover that could be used to control the size of optical magnification.

What’s really impressive is that Samsung’s camera-laden S Pen provides aid for optical zoom whose mechanism is going to be controlled by an external electronic device that might be a smartphone, laptop or a monitor. Samsung explains from the patent that smartphones typically employ digital zoom, but at the process of expanding an image by means of a program or algorithm, the total quality of these pictures takes a bang. Optical zoom employs an array of lenses, and since a stylus would provide more room to match such a module, so it is better suited to an external device rather than a smartphone that doesn’t provide enough space and might need to boost its thickness for adapting the optical zoom components.

In accordance with the patent, the Samsung’s innovative stylus will also incorporate a battery and a prism in the optical path for conversion of signals. The technology of equipping the stylus using a camera remains in the patent stage, so it could still be a few years away before we see that an S Pen having an optical zoom-enabled camera arrive with a Galaxy Notice flagship. As with the majority of patents, it is unsure whether the technology will make its way to commercial products. Nonetheless, it would still be a major breakthrough and will present another way of avoiding the top notch or a hole-punch and help create a really seamless display.


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