The (digital) Pen is mighter than the Sword, Surface Pro's hidden talent

Preface

I would like to thank the people at Amazon's discussion thread, who have quickly accepted me in their group. They were a big part of this blog post.

What can make Surface Pro stand out? What does it have that is unlike anything else?

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What Microsoft Acquired 

Perceptive Pixel was acquired by Microsoft in July of 2012. Microsoft stated in their press release

"The acquisition of PPI allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution"

Perceptive Pixel, created technology that allows digital pen input and finger input on a touch screen, simultaneously. They not only created software, they made a unique stylus. There are three videos I would like to show in regards to this technology and talk about how it pertains to Surface Pro.

This video posted by Core77 on Youtube shows what this technology can do. 

I think this technology will be implemented with Surface Pro. The ability to view PDF's and notate on them, as shown in the video, is great. This is something for Microsoft to differentiate Surface Pro from other computing devices. It should make working with various types of files much easier.

This next video shows Windows 8 running on a Perceptive Pixel touchscreen.

Perceptive Pixel

On Perceptive Pixel's website, they mention some key features about their Active Stylus. 

The pen is rechargeable.

The device can sense the pen up to a 1/2 above the screen, before it touches the screen.

Programable switch for clicking like a normal mouse.

It can sense when a person's wrist is touching the screen and not respond to that input.

These are some of the highlights for their stylus. These look like great additions to Surface Pro. 

Surface Pro

The last video shows Surface Pro in action.

At the end of the video he shows how the pen will charge through Surface's own charging port. This is a novel idea, a multipurpose port. I think that is also great evidence that this is the same charging stylus Perceptive Pixel created. 

Final Thoughts 

Perceptive Pixel's technologies allow digital pen input to work flawlessly with one's fingers. This can be a great product attribute for the Surface Pro. The iPad works with many 3rd party styli. But, they do not function with touch input in conjunction with the stylus. I venture to say, the mass market has given styli several attempts now, and has not been sold on using a stylus. This goes back to old PDA's and more current gaming systems. Perceptive Pixel's work has the ability to break the ideology that a stylus should not be used on a touch screen/tablet. This looks to be very practical and functional. 

Microsoft has kept quiet about the prowess of their sylus. I foresee Perceptive Pixels technology in many of Microsoft's future hardware endeavours. And someday, writing on a screen will feel be a normal part of life. Pixels are a reflection of ourselves. They present us with what we want to see, and now they will display our inputs through graphical representations of our thoughts. 

Lastly, I use the voice recognition software on my Galaxy Nexus very often. It works well and it is a feature I would miss if it was gone. I look forward to having more than one way to input or communicate information with devices. I think more devices will welcome multiple methods of input. This is just the beginning. The stylus adds functionality to Surface thereby morphing it into a new type of product . The Surface Pro has the ability to run Windows programs. This means Surface Pro can run more software than any other tablet. It will not be hindered by the young Windows 8 app ecosystem.

Surface Pro and its evolved stylus will mark a change in how we think of tablets and styluses.