While everyone waits for new iPhone and wearable new technologies, Apple works silently on other future additions to its product portfolio.
A prototype that was registered with the United States Patent Office, realizes that the company run by Tim Cook is building a "Touch Input Device with Hptic Feedback."
But what is this about ?: It will be in simple words a new iPad pencil presumably that it can vibrate, adjust to the sensitivities of the user's touch and be flexible to be able to adjust and transform it.
This new Apple Pencil will provide tactile feedback to the user and at the same time can read measurements from the user's grip, this will allow better adaptation to the functions for which the pencil will be used, such as drawing, writing or simply marking something on the tablet.
As Apple Insider points out: "Apple's proposal involves the use of a piezoelectric device connected to the inside of the case, one that will be connected to the user's grip region of the case. The grip section will be deformable, both inwards as outwards, which will allow it to be used to provide information to the user, as well as to receive grip data ”… this could“ alert the user through eptic feedback. Instead of vibrating and disturbing the position, the movement may depend on how the sense of touch can detect subtle movements, so only a small deformity will be required to transmit the message to the user. ”
But this function of tactile feedback and especially the one that has to do with being able to press the new device, will give certain lights that several things can be activated on the iPad or potentially on a Macbook or an iPhone just by pressing the Apple Pencil.
“Eptic feedback will allow the user to receive alerts about interface elements, such as the edges of the buttons in an application, the presence of icons or areas in which a user can write or draw,” adds Apple Insider.
The patent, which for now has no date on possible release to the market, credits its inventors Kathleen A. Bergeron, Alex J. Lehmann, Qiliang Xu, Zheng Gao and Paul X. Wang.