One of the best accessories we can buy for an iPad is the Apple Pencil. The Apple stylus is the best companion for your tablets. But that it’s good doesn’t mean it can’t be improved . One of the problems with the first version was that, being cylindrical, it wasn’t entirely ergonomic.
This changed a bit with the second generation, which only supports the 2018 iPad Pro. This model is not so slippery, and has a flat part so that it can be attached to one side of the device and thus recharge its battery by induction. But this also helped the grip to improve.
Although the experience of writing and drawing is satisfactory, similar to what we can find with a pencil and paper (with the appropriate screen protector), the Apple Pencil suffers from a certain discomfort when we have been manipulating it for a while. However, Cupertino’s people are already thinking about how to improve it , and proof of this is this patent.
A recent company patent registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, entitled ‘Adjustable Hand Stylus’, proposes the concept that the attachment’s grip area can be altered to better fit the size of each individual’s hand. This would not be an accessory sold separately, but a system integrated into the product.
The way Apple has devised this mechanism, it is likely that this hypothetical Apple Pencil is thicker, although it could also be the case that it would only be implemented in the grip area and not in the whole stylus. The mechanism could consist of a motor with a stator in one part and a rotor in another, with a torque used to move the outermost point around the lower layer.
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This system would not only change the size, but also the shape. To facilitate this, could be built with a material that has a memory effect that is also affected by heat, or with a material that is sensitive to electromagnetic fields. This change between states would also serve to provide haptic feedback.
The idea, designed by Paul X. Wang, an architect who is part of Apple’s product design team, would not be limited to the body of the device. As Apple Insider tells it, could also be applied to the tip of the Apple Pencil , going from a tight fit to a more bulky one.
It should not be forgotten that this is only a patent and that it does not necessarily have to become a reality. Apple registers a multitude of patents almost every day, and many do not materialize, remaining only in a concept that for one reason or another was decided not to implement.