“Apple was granted yet another stylus design patent on Tuesday, this time coming in the form of a smart pen capable of detecting hand movements for translation into digital line drawings and text,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple U.S. Patent No. 8,922,530 for a ‘Communicating stylus,’ which outlines a smart writing utensil that uses accelerometers, wireless communication hardware and onboard storage to transfer hand-written notes and drawings onto the display of a digital device,” Campbell reports. “Apple’s stylus is based on efficient accelerometers or other motion-sensing hardware. In practice, Apple’s pen activates only when picked up, its nib is pressed to paper, withdrawn from a dock or manually turned on by the user. From there, onboard sensors track position changes in relation to an initial zero point, allowing the device to send realtime data for translation and graphical representation on an iOS device’s screen.”

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