Although limited appeal, Surface Dial was revolutionary and many argued that it’s one of the coolest tiny PC accessories ever existed. It’s been more than two years since the Surface Studio released and with it came the Surface Dial. Now, Microsoft is apparently planning to bring another new accessory, which not only will help you create in immersive ways but also will act as a docking station for all your digital Pens.
Famous Microsoft watcher Walking Cat has found some code snippets, which suggest that Microsoft had already added support for a digital docking station in the recently released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18922. If Microsoft is seriously thinking about this then the Surface team is definitely working on the hardware. This is also in line with what Microsoft had discussed in this patent named “BASE STATION FOR USE WITH DIGITAL PENS.”
The purpose of the docking station, as Micrososoft talked about earlier in the patent, is to provide users various capabilities and that includes storing a digital pen, charging a digital pen, associating a digital pen with one or more user settings, authenticating a user of a digital pen, syncing data between a digital pen and a computing device, creating/updating a user account associated with a user of a digital pen, adjusting an operating parameter associated with a digital pen, and providing teleconferencing functionalities.
It’s also worth remembering that the Windows 10 Build 18922 is a part of the 20H1 Builds and, therefore, we can expect the docking station come into existence no earlier than 2020, assuming it’ll not meet the same fate as the Surface Mini.