While a lot of patent-related news these days is a slightly more complicated take on who is taking their ball and going home, Sony’s latest patent application is actually sort of interesting. Who would have thought that was still possible?

Sony’s patent application is for a new sort of haptic feedback, in addition to the vibration that phones currently use. A stylus with a “rolling contact ball gripping mechanism” would be able to make it easier or harder to move the stylus on the screen.

The possible uses for this type of system are certainly interesting. For example, the stylus could replicate the feel of a ballpoint pen on paper to make writing using the stylus easier, something that Samsung has already tried to do by increasing the friction of the S Pen on the Galaxy Note 2.

Sony has some more interesting ideas in its patent application, which includes a scenario where the stylus “simulates the manipulation of objects depicted on a display, including at least one of a game object and a game character.” Another is a situation where “rotary stylus motion triggers a game event.”

What do you think some interesting uses for this stylus could be?

Kristofer Wouk
Kristofer Wouk is a tech writer, gadget reviewer, blogger, and whatever it's called when someone makes videos. In his free time, he likes to make music, read and write short fiction.
  • yarrellray

    All I can say is goog luck to Sony. They will need it especially if they are trying to better Samsung. That won’t happen in a million years the NOTE 2 stands alone in it’s greatness….

    • Sony is planning a 6″ 1080p phone to challange the Note 2 for the first half of 2013. It seems that they’re bringing the fight :)
      That’ll go nicely with the 5″ flagship phones codename Odin and Yuga which will challange the Galaxy S3 (which likely will still be Samsungs flagship at the time they launch) and likely the Galaxy S4 (whenever it comes).

  • Sprotty

    Sony is here pulling a microsoft here because back in the early days microsoft wanted to put a Patent on the double lick with the left mouse button but it would work so i really can’t see how this is going work out for them either but good luck sony and have fun trying