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A universal stylus capable of interacting with all kinds of displays, and not just touch-sensitive ones, is said to be in the works at Microsoft. According to the venerable MIT Technology Review, the said stylus has already won a lot of praise internally, with the decision of whether or not to move forward with its development now resting with the powers that be at the Redmond-based software giant.
The stylus, reportedly being developed by researchers at Microsoft Research in Silicon Valley, is said to leverage a built-in camera for keeping track of its position and angle as it moves across the display. This is accomplished through the camera counting the number of pixels as they move past it to zero in on the stylus’ exact position, and thereby effectively turning the grid of pixels into a navigational guide. According to the report, the angle is calculated based on which pixels are in and out of focus.
Such a stylus, if it ever sees the light of day, will in all likelihood be aimed at people with non-touchscreen Windows 8 devices, as it’s something that could help them better appreciate the upcoming operating system’s touch-friendly Metro UI.
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