Future-generation iKits could feature wireless stylus support, a freshly uncovered patent filing suggests.
Discovered by Apple Insider, the so-called 'Communicating Stylus' features what the site dubs a “position sensing device” alongside a “wireless transmitter for sending position data and a receiver”.
According to the mover and shaker behind the tech, one Aleksander Pance, these combine to allow users to “enter data into the computing device, corresponding to images or text drawn on any surface” with the stylus.
The gadget can also be used for entering “data from a distance, such as from across the room, to the computing device,” he said.
Pance claims the tech could be a boon for students, who can simultaneously create a physical copy and iPad version of their notes from lectures. Teachers could also benefit by being able to write onto a white board and have the text appear on their charges' iPads.
Apple has thus far resisted producing a stylus for its devices, which are designed first and foremost with touch gestures at their core.
However, it’s not inconceivable that Pance’s patent could make the jump from drawing board to the physical world sometime soon. Especially in light of signs that the vogue for tablets is driving fresh demand for styluses.
HTC's Flyer, for instance, is being sold extensively on its stylus support. And just yesterday Samsung launched its own capacitive stylus pen for the Galaxy Tab range of Android slates.