A patent filed by Microsoft back in June 2014 for a rechargeable stylus and its accompanying charging dock has been recently published. The design of the stylus provided in the patent resembles the Surface Pen.
Currently, Microsoft’s Surface Pen has a battery life rated to one year and powered with either triple A or button cell battery. The batteries are non-rechargeable and thus require users to change batteries from time to time.
With competitors like Lenovo, HP and Apple increasingly opting for rechargeable technology for their pens, it is high time that Microsoft upped its game. And this patent application looks like they are planning on doing just that.
According to the illustrations in the patent, there is a drawing tip, an eraser and a power button on the side of the pen. Microsoft plans to keep this stylus relatively larger than other styluses available in the market. Considering that the Surface Pens are popular as some of the more comfortable and easy to use styluses available in the market, Microsoft’s strategy to stress the look and grip of the pens as a plus point is quite viable.
The charging dock can be built into multiple devices. The stylus will magnetically attach to the charging docks sidewise. The power button is another change in the stylus as the current pens are always considered to be switched on. These pens switch off after a certain period of idle time. The power button option might save battery life considerably.
Regardless of the fact that a lot of users argue that having to recharge a stylus every now and then ruins the work flow rather than just changing the battery once a year, the rechargeable battery system is a much more environmentally friendly alternative.
The design published is only a patent application, and like most others, may never hit the markets. But looking at the similarity in design with the Surface Pens, it is safe to say that this might be Microsoft’s next upgrade for its styluses.