Apple is exploring a new Apple Pencil technology that allows the device to sample colors from the real world and then use it in digital art, drawing, editing and other scenes,media reported.
The patent, called Computer System With Color Sampling Stylus, describes a computer pen that may have a color sensor.
The color sensor will be equipped with several photodetectors that can measure light in different color channels, which will allow it to detect and sample a certain color from a real-world object. At the same time, the stylus can also be equipped with a light source to allow the photodetector to determine the color more accurately.
Apple says the color sensor feature can be installed at the end of the pen, the tip of the pen, or connected to the tip of the pen through a light guide.
With this technology, Apple Pencil users will be able to use it for realistic painting, or simply sample unique colors from grass, plants, existing art, and so on.
According to the patent document description, the stylus will be able to detect colors and then place them in the drawing program’s palette, and then assign colors to the brush. In addition, Apple has shown that color sensors may be available for other purposes, such as calibrating displays, calibrating printers, health-related testing, setting colors for home projectors, and so on.
For now, however, there is no guarantee that Apple will eventually put the technology into action.