Apple seeks stylus patents

The applications cover a stylus that can charged when inserted into a touch-screen device for storage and a stylus that can write on any surface and transfer the data to a device.

Apple has applied for two patents relating to stylus input on capacitive touch screens and other surfaces.

The applications were made in January last year, but only published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office yesterday. One describes a stylus with a possibly heated conductive tip, where the stylus can be charged when inserted into the touchscreen device for storage.

The second describes a stylus that could be used to write on any surface, with the writing or drawing then appearing on a separate computing device--rather like a Livescribe pen.

Read more of "Apple applies for stylus patents" at ZDNet UK.

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