The Surface Pen is still one of the best styluses you can buy. The current generation stylus from the Redmond giant is well integrated into Windows 10 and it attaches to the side of the Surface Pro with strong magnets.
Surface Pens can only be used as a stylus, but this could change soon if a new patent is brought to production. As per a new patent, Microsoft might be working on a new version of Surface Pen that can be used as a Bluetooth headset.
Microsoft plans to make the body of the Surface Pen flexible, so the stylus can be worn on your ear, just like a wireless Bluetooth headset.
The patent titled “Flexible carpenter’s stylus with dockable earpiece” was recently spotted online. It explains a new technique that would allow the battery in the stylus to power the earpiece. As the pen is flexible, the other side of it can be used as a headset.
Microsoft says the stylus can still be used for working on a computing device. It has a flexible portion that has a dock to hold a dockable wireless earpiece. The flexible portion is bendable and can be turned into a headset, allowing users to wrap it around the ears and listen to music.
The earpiece dock comes with the speakers, sound system and it also uses the battery of the pen to power itself. Thus, the device can be used as both – a full-featured stylus and a modular Bluetooth headset.
While we’d love to see this becoming a reality, the idea is still a patent and it cannot be considered a confirmation of Microsoft’s’ future plans. Like many other patents filed in past, the device might never actually come to life.
In related news, Microsoft also applied for a patent that aims to add display or status bar to the Surface Pen. A display bar on Surface Pen may help users identify the input shape, size, style or battery status.
Just like with the modular stylus patent, there is no guarantee that Microsoft will actually launch a Surface Pen with the display.