A new patent issued on behalf of Microsoft shows that the organization has been considering another kind of stylus, one that could identify the color and textures of the real world and use them on a digital screen.

By patent, which was issued the last night, Microsoft has added to a kind of stylus which also features a variety of sensors and a color detecting system. A user could, for instance, put the stylus’ color-detecting tip alongside a real world object, and the gadget would register that color, and afterward reproduce it on screen. We’ve seen similar devices appear on Kickstarter for some time now, however Microsoft’s design goes significantly further.

Microsoft's Genuine Stylus

In terms of use cases, the organization imagines a feature where a user could connect a color to a specific function on their PCs or gadgets. For instance, scanning the color green with your stylus could be set up to open a specific application. On the other hand scanning blue, might just choose e-mails associated with that specific color. Having a kind of color-coded mousepad, or rather stylus pad, on your desk could allow you to perform a few functions much quicker than with a regular mouse.

But there’s another trick that Microsoft envisions its stylus performing: recognizing the texture of objects. This is a significantly more complicated accomplishment than just identifying a color, and would use a variety of sensors, from accelerometers and gyroscopes to microphones that could identify the sound the tip makes when brushing against an item. All of these could then be used to decide the texture of a material, which could then be reproduced digitally on screen. Presently these sorts of abilities, if sufficient, could be used in design studios, 3D modeling, etc.

Microsoft's Genuine Stylus

Tragically, this technology isn’t precisely brand new. While Microsoft just got the patent for everything described above, the organization initially filed its application in 2014. In other words, Microsoft has had a lot of time and some important opportunities to offer such an item for sale to the market if it desired. But it hasn’t yet, leading this is more of a research project than a genuine product, at least for now.

Yet, who knows what the future holds? The organization might even now choose this is an advantageous release later on, particularly for Surface tablets equipped towards artists. Since would be a real differentiator in the stylus wars.

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