Amazon patents a stylus that can do what Apple’s pencil cannot.
Amazon has patented a stylus with one important feature that is missing in Apple’s pencil: intuitive erasing. Anyone who has used the Apple’s pencil can tell you how amazingly close it is to using a real pencil. The experience is so real, that you may forget that you’re using a stylus and may turn it around to erase a mistake. Well, that’s when you would realize it’s not a real pencil because Apple’s pencil is missing that one crucial feature. And now Amazon has obtained a patent on that very feature. The patent shows a stylus with a pointed end for writing and a rounded back end for erasing. Both the front and back end include sensors. So to erase a mistake, one has to simply turn the stylus over and erase just like one would with a real pencil.
Publication number: US9213424
Patent Title: Stylus devices with eraser
Publication type: Grant
Application number: US 14/034,138
Publication date: 15 Dec 2015
Filing date: 23 Sep 2013
Inventors: Christopher Lorenzo Dunn
Original Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.