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2014-02-06 11:57:08 AM  
Of course, it being an Apple product, the iPen isn't just a pointing device, but could also serve a number of different applications. With modular expansion, the longer base of the stylus can act as a power source, camera, audio recorder, communication circuit, gyroscope, accelerometer, laser pointer, projector, or be used for similar purposes.

I would farking love a bright green laser pointer that also functions as a camera so I could display live shots with whatever I'm pointing it at, with a few buttons on it to control my powerpoint (err, keynote, yeah, keynote) slides.  Ideally it would also allow me to point/click at the screen being projected at, yet work like a mouse on the desktop.

I'm sure I can come up with more fun functions I want from it too but those are off the top of my head.
 
2014-02-06 12:10:52 PM  

lennavan: Of course, it being an Apple product, the iPen isn't just a pointing device, but could also serve a number of different applications. With modular expansion, the longer base of the stylus can act as a power source, camera, audio recorder, communication circuit, gyroscope, accelerometer, laser pointer, projector, or be used for similar purposes.


So, I guess you could say that ...
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... the iPen is mightier?
 
2014-02-06 12:17:03 PM  

Theaetetus: lennavan: Of course, it being an Apple product, the iPen isn't just a pointing device, but could also serve a number of different applications. With modular expansion, the longer base of the stylus can act as a power source, camera, audio recorder, communication circuit, gyroscope, accelerometer, laser pointer, projector, or be used for similar purposes.

So, I guess you could say that ...
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... the iPen is mightier?


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2014-02-06 02:14:47 PM  
FTFA: But the stylus might be making a comeback, and the folks behind the resurrection are the very ones who killed it in the first place.

Umm... Samsung already has an extremely successful line of devices that use an active stylus, so I'm going with "no they're not."  Typical Apple-is-the-world's-only-tech-innovator nonsense.
 
2014-02-06 02:20:32 PM  
Next week's headline: Samsung Patent Lawyer Has Stylus Stuck Up Nose, Cannot Remove It On Pain Of Ligitation
 
2014-02-06 03:57:04 PM  
Didn't Jobs hate the stylus almost as much as he hated Android? Does his ghost no longer have power at Apple?
 
2014-02-06 04:01:50 PM  

Z-clipped: FTFA: But the stylus might be making a comeback, and the folks behind the resurrection are the very ones who killed it in the first place.

Umm... Samsung already has an extremely successful line of devices that use an active stylus, so I'm going with "no they're not."  Typical Apple-is-the-world's-only-tech-innovator nonsense.


is there any other tech-rhetoric than iRhetoric?

/i should copyright iRhetoric.
//then send a c&d to apple everytime they use any rhetoric.
///step 3: profit?
 
2014-02-06 06:54:29 PM  

blacknite: Z-clipped: FTFA: But the stylus might be making a comeback, and the folks behind the resurrection are the very ones who killed it in the first place.

Umm... Samsung already has an extremely successful line of devices that use an active stylus, so I'm going with "no they're not."  Typical Apple-is-the-world's-only-tech-innovator nonsense.

is there any other tech-rhetoric than iRhetoric?

/i should copyright iRhetoric.
//then send a c&d to apple everytime they use any rhetoric.
///step 3: profit?


Where can I buy a stylus today that can project an image and use motion detection to adjust the image as I move the stylus so that the image appears stationary on the surface?

Or is the usual "I have no idea what patents are" bs?
 
2014-02-06 07:19:16 PM  
Ah, so, no, they didn't. Quality Apple troll headline there, Lou.
 
2014-02-06 07:21:24 PM  
It just means they are going to release their own, now with patented rounded edges.
 
2014-02-06 08:04:38 PM  
Give me a "stylus" that projects a registered image on the surface I'm writing on, and you've got something truly new under the sun. It'll look like you're shining a magic flashlight, one that reveals an image on an otherwise plain sheet of paper -- and lets you annotate or modify the image, using all the hand-eye reflexes that you've developed over years with a conventional pen.

Heck, make it a laser pointer with an IR mode, put an IR band in the camera, and use it as a BLACK laser pointer -- it communicates to the system driving the projector, and puts a black dot in the projected image wherever the (invisible) IR spot is pointing. The spot can be black, or rainbow-colored, or leaving a (rendered) smoking furrow wherever it tracks.
 
2014-02-07 11:38:32 AM  
The stylus?  You mean the pointy thing people were using to write on clay and wax tablets 4000 years ago.  That stylus?
 
2014-02-07 03:01:54 PM  

ryarger: blacknite: Z-clipped: FTFA: But the stylus might be making a comeback, and the folks behind the resurrection are the very ones who killed it in the first place.

Umm... Samsung already has an extremely successful line of devices that use an active stylus, so I'm going with "no they're not."  Typical Apple-is-the-world's-only-tech-innovator nonsense.

is there any other tech-rhetoric than iRhetoric?

/i should copyright iRhetoric.
//then send a c&d to apple everytime they use any rhetoric.
///step 3: profit?

Where can I buy a stylus today that can project an image and use motion detection to adjust the image as I move the stylus so that the image appears stationary on the surface?

Or is the usual "I have no idea what patents are" bs?


I wasn't referring to the patent.  The patent sounds like a device that could possibly be interesting  I was referring to the idiot writer blindly pretending that the "active stylus" isn't currently being used (say, by over 50 million Samsung customers) because the prophet Steve Jobs decided ten years ago that your finger was better.

It would be like a writer quoting Bill Gates as saying that "640K should be enough for anybody", and then implying that the newest incrementally bigger ram chips are the first to offer more than that since the 80s.

The Note 3, which is only one of the many Samsung devices that use the S-pen, reached almost 50% of the iPhone's worldwide sales last December.  Jobs was demonstrably wrong, and I'd wager good money that catching up to the success of the Note series is the main reason that Apple is trying to patent an active stylus in the first place.
 
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