24 October 2018
Google in the past have applied for some unique patents and now it has filed a patent for a stylus that has a mind of its own. It may sound as geeky as it can, but this is indeed true. Google is a part of Universal Stylus Initiative (USI), has registered for a patent of an Independent Stylus at World Intellectual Proper Organization (WIPO) in 2016 and it has been approved last week.
While other styli do not have many functionalities, this new stylus from Google comes in with a built-in wireless interface, memory, and a processor. This stylus is able to store data which can be carried to other devices running on different environments and can be edited as well. Being a part of the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) cross-platform compatibility is not a concern.
Not much is known about this new stylus, as the patent information highlights the feature of copy pasting on two different devices. However, the patent name “Electronic stylus for storing credentials” also doesn’t reveal much and we can only guess that Google may let users sign-in to other devices by using information stores or gathers from another device using the Stylus. The patent highlights Google talking about the stylus not only being a pointing device but also a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) which will in effect help to encrypt the information stored on the pen.
The stylus would be able to not only store credentials but “a particular webpage,” “contents of a cache of a web browser” or “contents of an application”, says the patent. Related report coming in from USI and this patent shows how much Google is focusing on the stylus feature