Samsung’s mobile wing is widely popular for its trend-setting Galaxy Note series. With each passing year, we’ve seen these phablets getting bigger and more powerful. But this year’s iteration could take the upgrades to a whole new level according to a new report. A new patent filed by the company suggests that future versions of the S-Pen stylus could come with an ultrasound feature by default. Samsung supplies the S-Pen stylus with every Note device, including tablets, so this could be a pretty massive upgrade.
In its current form, the S-Pen stylus can only perform simple tasks and has a dedicated button on top which allows users to perform software specific functions. This patent filing however indicates that the S-Pen might lose the digitizer and rely on ultrasound instead. Qualcomm showed off a similar stylus running on a demo Snapdragon 805 tablet back at the CES event earlier this year, so it’s likely that Samsung will license the same technology. As you can see from the video below, using an ultrasound stylus basically means that you don’t have to touch the display to get input.
It could certainly appeal to existing Note users, since the lineup is targeted towards creative minds. We really hope Samsung comes out with something like this as it could do wonders for the stylus industry and provide enough hope for other manufacturers to follow suit.