(Pictured) Apple Pencil’s new patented exposure: camera, fingerprint sensor and gesture control

The U.S. Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) recently approved a new patent for Apple Pencil that will show that future versions will feature embedded cameras, biometric sensors, microphones and gesture control,media 9to5Mac reported. The patent, known as “touch-based stylus input,” means that a touch sensor is embedded in the user grip portion of Apple Pencil to ensure certain gestures can be read.

(Pictured) Apple Pencil's new patented exposure: camera, fingerprint sensor and gesture control

In its patent application, Apple said:

Touch sensors can be used to detect a user’s click, double-click, triple-click, or other tap gesture. For example, when a user places a finger in the grip area, the stylus can detect the electrostatic capacitor generated in the touch sensor. The user can then lift the finger, and the stylus can detect changes in the electrostatic capacitor or capacitance generated in the touch sensor…

The input order stylus stylus within the span interprets a period of time as a user’s tap gesture… One or more taps can be interpreted as user input to change the characteristics of the marker (e.g. color, size, width, thickness, shape, etc.) by further example, one or more taps can be interpreted as user input for performing functions on an external device, such as copy function, paste function, undo function, and/or redo function.

(Pictured) Apple Pencil's new patented exposure: camera, fingerprint sensor and gesture control

The pen uses a capacitive sensor to prevent accidental tapping, and you can also read “rolling gestures.” This will refer to the scrolling motion of the user moving the finger or the stylus of the pen around the circle of the pen. The patent also says the Apple Pencil will be equipped with fingerprint sensors that can be used to verify Apple Pay, make purchases in the App Store, or use Pencil to open banking or financial applications directly.