The patent discloses a surface pen (referred to as a digital inking device in the documentation) with a status bar that "provides contextually relevant information". In the "first model of interaction", a touch screen status bar allows the user to select the width of the "board" used (by creating thin or thick lines ), the color of the images drawn by the stylus and also provides other options of the user interface. In addition, the pen also provides the user with e-mail notifications. Once the stylus is in contact with a Surface Pro, Surface Go, or other Windows 10-compatible device, it enters the "second interaction template" and displays only email notifications and a flag. 39, state of the battery.
The image of Microsoft's patent application shows a Surface stylus with a touch-sensitive status bar emitting e-mail notifications.
The patent application states that the pen's touch screen options change depending on how it "is owned by the user, a fingerprint of a user, of An angle and / or distance from a digital inking device compared to a coupled computer, from a particular socket that a user has on a device digital inking device, a quantity of pressure used to maintain a digital inking device, a contact pressure between a digital inking device and a coupled computer, and / or one or more gestures made by an user. "
While many technology companies file a number of patents every year, not all protected technologies will be immediately available to consumers. However, we could imagine that a surface pen with a touch screen bar will become available in the near future.
Additional Images of the Microsoft Patent Application