Monday , July 23 2018

In the world of intellectual property, things can move slowly, and the technology we see released in a phone for the first time might’ve been developed some time before. In this case, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (or WIPO) has published a new Samsung patent on its website which relates to an enhanced method of operation of a touchscreen display with an S Pen and a finger, simultaneously. However, it appears that this patent might have been under development for quite some time, with the Korean patent dating back to 2013.

In the past, Samsung patents have not had a great deal of English therein, making understanding what’s going on a bit difficult. However, this patent has both Korean and English, and with the worldwide publication of the patent, it seems likely that this technology will appear in Samsung’s next S Pen enabled smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9.

How’s it work?

The patent shows a user interface with a quick-menu, which allows users to configure for that specific application per component whether you want to operate it with the S Pen or with your finger or with both.

Imagine writing a memo with the S Pen, but you want to remove a letter. Erasing is faster with your finger, so that part is then set as ‘finger’.

The patent speaks about two different S Pen variants. One design as we already know from the Note 8 and one we still know from 2013, the Samsung S Pen with Eraser. The latter actually looks a lot like an old-fashioned pencil, with an eraser on the back.

This makes it possible to write with the pen point and to erase a letter with the back of the pen. With the S Pen of the Note 8, the button on the pen can serve as an eraser. Both S Pen variants are shown in the patent sketches.

According to the patent, the touchscreen display can be made of LCD, AMOLED, a flexible display or a transparent flexible display.

When using finger operation, different entries can be recognized, including a touch, a multi-touch, a tap, a double tap, a long tap, a drag, a flick, a push, a pinch -in, a pinch-out and a scroll movement.

In addition, so-called patterns can be drawn with your finger. A Z movement and a round, clockwise and counterclockwise.

Both settings for the finger and the S Pen can be used to determine sub-settings such as thickness, transparency and color. The Samsung smartphone recognizes which form of touch input takes place (finger or S Pen) and will use the associated settings.

For those who like a bit of technical detail, you can read about Samsung’s patent here, with the English text here.

Source: LetsGoDigital.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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