If you’ve been following Samsung’s recent developments, then it should be pretty obvious by now that they’re going all-in with this stylus pen thing that’s being made to work with their tablets, smartphones and the Galaxy Note ‘phablet’. A new patent application just revealed their plans for a possible next-gen S-Pen, detailing a capacitive stylus that also doubles as a remote handset.
Unlike the existing S-Pen stylus for their current crop of Galaxy devices, this concept is designed to be more flexible thanks to a more generic build that’ll work with regular capacitive screens (the S-Pen on the Galaxy Note works with a digitizer on the screen for accuracy and more levels of sensitivity). To that end, this pen will come with contact plates that measures the micro-current of the user’s body for accuracy.
What makes it a bit more interesting is the wireless tech that it packs in though. According to the details, the planned device will include a short-range wireless protocol (possibly Bluetooth) and a wireless headset. It’s unclear whether it’ll come with a tiny loudspeaker and microphone or if you need to stick the pen in your ear to make phone calls, but at least it’s a more compact alternative to pressing a 5-inch Galaxy Note to your ear to make voice calls.
While a patent filing should never be considered a sure thing, the fact that pen-loving Samsung just submitted a patent for a new pen accessory tells us that it’s something that we could see real soon.