Samsung patents S Pen featuring built-in camera with optical zoom

With its Galaxy Note 9, Samsung introduced Bluetooth functionality to its celebrated S Pen, permitting customers to make use of the stylus as a long-range shutter button – excellent for taking selfies and group photographs from a distance.

Now, it seems that Samsung is seeking to increase the S Pen’s picture taking performance with the inclusion of a built-in digital camera, in keeping with a patent that was officially granted as we speak by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

As reported by Patently Mobile, the patent, which was initially filed in February of 2017, includes an “electric pen device” with an “optical system including a lens and an image sensor”, permitting a digital camera to be “controlled from the external electronic device.” 

You can try the varied drawings and diagrams from the submission in Patently Mobile’s tidy graphic beneath.

Image credit score: Patently Mobile

Optical zoom performance has lengthy been thought-about an impediment for telephone producers, because of the added thickness it brings to a handset’s kind issue. 

However, transferring that optical zoom performance to an exterior gadget (such because the Note Series’ well-known S Pen) would cleverly side-step this hurdle fully. If used for selfies, it may additionally make pinhole cameras and notch cutouts a factor of the previous, at the least in concept. 

Of course, it has been two years since this patent was initially filed, so there is no assure that Samsung remains to be planning to implement a digital camera in its S Pen within the Galaxy Note 10 (or some other Note for that matter). Still, it would not harm to dream!


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