Improved USI pens coming soon: version 2 of the standard released


The Universal Stylus Initiative adopted a standard for active pens and compatible devices in cooperation with several companies around 2016. Google is also on board, and many Chromebooks and Chromebook Tablets now support this standard. The range of corresponding pens has also grown over time.

Now version 2.0 of the successful standard has been adopted. [USI]

The Improvements

Pens that follow this standard can optionally enable the following features:

NFC wireless charging capabilityCharge the pencil wirelessly like the Apple Pencil
Expanded tilt functionalityBetter drawing possible (line width)
Upgraded color pallet from 256 to over 16 million colorsAlso an improvement for drawing
Support for in-cell display panelsThat increases the number of supported devices
USI 2.0 Characteristics | Source: USI

Using AAAA batteries is not loved by every person, and doing without them and being able to charge a pen wirelessly is a significant improvement. That will then be similar to the Apple Pencil or the HP Chromebook X2 11, where this already works similarly:

The HP Chromebook X2 11 with pleasant pen dock | Image credit: HP
The HP Chromebook X2 11 with pleasant pen dock | Image credit: HP

What does it mean? If you’re writing notes for a long time, this means you can just magnetically pin your pen to your Chromebook during breaks or afterward, and it will charge.

Unlike me, people who are good at drawing will be pleased with the enhanced tilt functionality and the increase in the color palette. The results in apps like Google Chrome Canvas or Sketchbook should be able to create even more beautiful drawings this way. Designers are also bound to be happy when using apps like Adobe Creative Cloud Express: Design, Canva, Desygner, and Infinite Design on Chrome OS.

These are great improvements! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let’s see when the first devices are available for this!

I’ve been using my Penoval Pen on my Lenovo Chromebook IdeaPad 10 tablet for quite a while now and am happy with it. However, since I travel a lot, it’s not much fun with the batteries. I’m excited about wireless charging, and you? ๐Ÿ™‚

My iPad Mini 6 with docked Apple Pencil 2 and my Lenovo Chromebook IdeaPad Duet 10 with USI 1.0 pens | Image:
My iPad Mini 6 with docked Apple Pencil 2 and my Lenovo Chromebook IdeaPad Duet 10 with USI 1.0 pens | Image:


If you aren’t familiar with the USI standard, here is a brief overview of the features that active USI pens must have according to the Version 1 standard:

Compatible with any other USI compliant deviceChromebooks
4096 levels of pressure sensitivityBetter drawing possible (line width)
Possess nine-axis inertia measurementDifferent pen posture and movements are supported
Save ink color information and pen size on the stylus
Two-way communication between device and stylusWithout Bluetooth and Drivers
Using the existing touch-tone technologyPresent in almost any touch-screen device
USI 1.0 Characteristics | Source: USI via Nextpit

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