It seems like 2019 is going to be a busy year for the Surface team and Microsoft. The tech giant has the most interesting update in the queue for the Surface Dial. A recent patent revealed a series of interesting details about the new Surface Dial 2 and its touch sensor.
The patent titled “PERIPHERAL USER-INTERFACE DEVICE” was published on January 10 by USPTO. An electronic touch sensor is used for the execution of some functions in Surface Dial 2. The sensor is expected to be placed to the top of the dial. The electronic touch sensor is expected to be an optical touch sensor that will also support multi-touch gestures.
Although some of the users might not be excited about the upcoming enhancement, it will definitely add to Microsoft’s stylus. Even though the implementation of features might significantly increase the price for Surface Dial 2 we’re sure most users will be impressed by the improved UI navigation and control.
Thanks to the new sensor, users will be able to use different moves (such as two-finger zoom or pinching) for performing specific tasks.
Interesting Upgrades Lines-up
Apart from the new Surface Dial, a number of considerable upgrades for different models are also in the queue. Microsoft has also filed a patent for a Surface Pen. The patent describes a pen that offers better durability by using the shock absorbing battery contacts.
However, there is no confirmation regarding the implementation of the features mentioned in the patents. Still, it can be considered as an indication that the capabilities of the Surface Dial are soon going to be expanded. The patent for the Surface Dial was filed in 2017 while that of the Surface Pen was filed at the end of 2016.
It’s just a matter of time until we see whether these innovative ideas are going to be implemented in future versions of Microsoft devices.
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