Another Microsoft Pen Patent

Discussion in 'Microsoft' started by Steve S, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. YVerloc

    YVerloc Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Well that other thing is not in a silo either. Not usually. The silo is attached to a different person.
     
  2. soh5

    soh5 Surface or Bust Senior Member

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    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but I think you're foolish in comparing a pen to a digital pen.

    One can only be used on certain devices, while the other has universal capability on any sheet of paper.
    Just because you don't like the idea of a silo, does not mean you have to come across as tone deaf to the TPC crowd.

    Thats like going into Cubs stadium and saying the Cubs suck.
     
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  3. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    <<...Everyone is entitled to their own opinions...>>

    ...Yes, they are, and that's an observation worth remembering!

    I don't think that quite everyone on these forums is a fan of silos in spite of some who are ardent proponents. I, for one, see no problem with putting a pen in my pocket.

    Having said that, I respect the opinion of others who seem to feel that a silo is a necessity, just as I respect (but do not understand) those members who cannot stand the merest whisper of a cooling fan.

    To each their own...
     
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  4. siddhartth

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    Adding a silo for the pen means compromise in battery capacity. Still i think It's worth it. What i don't like and also have no to little respect for, is compromising on batterry in favour of 4 speakers. Which is a thing that all iPads and Samsung TabS3 does.

    But when i have to carry a bag in any case for the tablet, then i don't think not having a silo is a big pain. You can always dunk the pen in the same bag.
     
  5. YVerloc

    YVerloc Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Meh, I can't pretend there's a practical reason I don't like the idea of a silo. Less battery life seems like a stretch. I just think it's cheesy is all. A silo for a pen reminds me of
     
  6. siddhartth

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    A very convenient car.
     
  7. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    You might think twice if you've ever forgotten your beach chair.:vbwink:
     
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    Jayjapanb Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Wouldn't a silo pen have to be pretty crazy small?
    I really don't see it being anything other than a backup. I can't imagine sitting down for 8 hours with a Galaxy Note sized pen.
     
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  9. siddhartth

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    I think having half the silo in the keyboard base and half of it in the display bezel,would help in accomadating a large pen. May be Surface book can store a pen in the hinge.

    Alternatively, having a railroad like edge on the tablet and a complimentary groove on the full sized pen will enable a fill sized pen slide on to that railroad like edge to lock in.

    I am sure the design team of both Apple and Microsoft thought about it. But for safety and design purposes didn't implement it.
     
  10. dellaster

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    The silo versus no-silo debate seems to be mostly between artists, who naturally want a well-fitted full-size instrument, and note-takers who can get by with a tiny stylus, it's much more important that it actually be there when needed.

    The other day I was sent a PDF that I had to initial in various places and then sign and date. It had to be in handwriting—I had tried in a previous year to use typewritten stuff in handwriting style; it got sent back to me to be redone—so this time I whipped out the little stick pen on my Note 8, filled out the PDF, and immediately mailed it back. The easiest process I have ever experienced for one of those!

    No digging through a drawer looking for a pen, then maybe finding it and discovering that it has a dead battery. No sudden realization that I left it at home, or lost it someplace, leaving me completely out of luck.

    I understand the artist need for a full size pen, and how the little siloed stylus might seem nothing more than an added expense, useless. The thing is, you can almost always add a full size pen to your tablet but if there's not a silo you're completely SOL. It cannot be added no matter how much you pay. Alternatives like loops and pocket clips (I rarely wear a shirt with a pocket and I haven't owned a jacket with inside pockets for a decade or so) are always substandard for those of us who need, desire that kind of always-there convenience.
     
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