APPLE INC. (Cupertino, CA)

A chassis can contain a computer system and an input device. The input device could include a sensor, such as an a rod-, pen-or rod-like sensor. The input device can be placed in relation to the chassis in a variety of configurations. The tool may be set away from the chassis and the sensor output of the sensor could create a signal. Another configuration is where the tool contacts the chassis. The sensor output of the tool can produce a second signal as an outcome of inputs to the sensor. An input tool is an example. It can be kept in a recess on a keyboard housing. The recess could generate a first input while the tool is present and a second output when the instrument is removed from the chassis.

There are numerous handheld input devices that can detect user input. For instance styluses are often employed to give input via a digitizer touchscreen panel on an electronic device. The touch panel may include a touch-sensitivesurface that, in response to detecting a touch event, generates a signal that can be processed and used by other components of the electronic device. Display components of the electronic device may display graphic or textual display elementsrepresenting selectable virtual buttons or icons and the surface that is touch-sensitive could allow users to change and navigate the contents displayed on the display screen. The typical user is able to move one or more input devices, for instance, a stylus, across thetouch display in a pattern that can be translated into an input request. Certain styluses are touch or force-sensitive, and be used to input writing or drawing to an electronic device. Remote control of the stylus or electronic device can be accomplished by touching the sensor of the stylus hand-held.

The present invention relates to a computing system which includes a chassis, a computer device, and an input device that includes sensors. In a initial configuration, the input tool can be moved relative to the chassis, but in the second configuration it is not. In the first configuration the input tool can be spaced away from the chassis and the computing device can be set to output a primary signal in response to inputs provided by the sensor. The second configuration allows the input tool to contact the chassis. The computer can be programmed to output a second sign in response to sensor input. However, the first signal is unique relative to the second signal.

In some instances, the input tool is typically rod-shaped. The chassis could include an opening to receive the input tool when it is in the second configuration. The second signal may cause an haptic feedback when placed on the surface of the input tool, or could indicate a scrolling input. The input tool could be positioned at an end of a trackpad within the chassis in the second configuration. The input tool may be placed at the edge of an input device that is key-based that is positioned inside the chassis in the secondconfiguration. When the second configuration is in the input tool is in place, it is able to be placed on the exterior of the chassis.

A further aspect of the disclosure is a computer system that includes a housing with the tool retention section, a keyboard apparatus that is a part of the housing, and a tool removably placed in the tool retention portion. The tool has an object sensor and an electronic component that is in electronic communication that communicates with the sensor. This electronic component can be configured to detect objects in the tool retention area by sending an object sensor signal.

In certain instances, the electronic component can be further configured to change an appearance of a user interface according to detecting the object. A display screen could display the user interface. The user interface can be altered in appearance. interface may involve changing the appearance of the light emitted from the keyboard device. The object sensor can be set to produce the signal in response to the detection of a particular part of the hand of a user. Furthermore, the housing might include a cover that covers the tool to protect it from being displaced in the tool retention section. The object sensor is able to detect the cover and identify the object.

Still another aspect of the disclosure pertains to a device that is user-interface consisting of an input tool with the length, the tip, and a transducer, with the transducer configured to sense an applied force at the tip, and an body for the input device having an input tool retention portion, wherein the input tool can be moved between a first position retained by the body of the input device at the input tool retention portion and an additional position that is separated from the input tool retention area, a source of light withinthe input tool or within the input device body, and an indicator set on the surface of the input tool and spread across the length of the input tool and the set of indicators being illuminated by the light source when the tool in input is in the first position.

The set of indicators could include a set symbol placed across the length of the input tool. A light guide could be inserted into the input device. The guide directs light from the light source towards the set of indicator. The initial row of indicators can extend lengthwise along the initial side of an input tool. A second row of indicators can extend lengthwise along the second side of the input tool. The second side is angularly offset from the first side along a longitudinal axis. Displays that are installed on or inside the surface may illuminate the set of indicators.

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