Here’s another patent from Samsung to entertain you on this very, very slow weekend. The S-Pen stylus has become a staple feature on the Galaxy Note family of devices, but has so far, it’s been a very manual process to pull the S-Pen out. Now why would I mention it being “manual”? Well, that’s because Samsung is considering making your life even easier and creating a auto-eject feature for the S-Pen which would see the stylus launched from its holder – something a little like this:
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Ok, maybe not exactly like that. The patent describes a system that uses electromagnets to both hold and eject the S-Pen – activate the magnets to hold the S-Pen in place and reverse polarity to fire the stylus out. Now, don’t be alarmed: your S-Pen isn’t going far – according to the patent drawings, the ejection feature will only operate between two electromagnets, the second set allowing the end of the S-Pen to stick out of the device enough for you to grab it. Check out an annotated drawing by Patently Mobile below:
If brought to the market (we’re hoping on the Galaxy Note 5), this ejection feature isn’t necessarily going to turn the smartphone industry on its head, but it is really neat and could make a world of difference for heavy stylus users, especially if it makes use of gestures to force the ejection.
What do you think of an auto-eject feature for the S-Pen coming on the Galaxy Note 5? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.