Multiple Styluses Operating on a Single Device Communicating via USI 1.0 Protocol

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – May 26, 2016 – The Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) announced today the industry’s first demonstration of multiple USI styluses, interfacing with a USI enabled Windows PC, following the recently completed USI 1.0 Device and Stylus Specification.

The demonstration is planned to coincide with COMPUTEX Taipei 2016 on Monday May 30, 2016, 1500-1700 (CST) at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), 1 Hsin-Yi Road, Section 5, Taipei, Taiwan in Room 103. Registration is free and open to the public.

“Since USI’s founding a little over a year ago, the organization has doubled to over 30 members and published the USI 1.0 global interoperable stylus specification,” said Peter Mueller, chairman, USI.  “Our next milestone is a live multiple stylus demonstration at COMPUTEX Taipei. The COMPUTEX demonstration is the first time multiple active styluses will be used with a touch-enabled device using the USI 1.0 specification.”

The Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) defines industry-wide standards for interoperable communication between an active stylus and touch-enabled devices such as phones, tablets, computing and entertainment platforms, enabling manufacturers to design products to a single standard, rather than the variety of proprietary approaches now in use. USI 1.0 styluses will be able to communicate with different touch sensors and touch controller integrated circuits running on different operating systems – a new capability for the industry.

USI 1.0 also fosters a consistent user experience while increasing the availability and consumer appeal of the active stylus to provide industry-wide interoperability and functions and features not supported by current styluses.

About Universal Stylus Initiative

Launched in 2015, Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) is an international not-for-profit technology trade association whose mission is to define industry-wide standards for interoperable communication between an active stylus and touch-enabled devices such as phones, tablets, and computing and entertainment platforms. The USI specification provides for a stylus capable of communicating with different touch sensors and touch controller integrated circuits, so that users can employ the same stylus across numerous touch-enabled devices, as long as each device’s touch controller is compliant with the USI specification.

USI Board member companies include: Atmel Corporation; Hanvon Technology Co., Ltd.; Intel Corporation; Lenovo Inc.; Sharp Corporation; Synaptics Inc.; Wacom Co., Ltd.; and Waltop International Corp. Membership in USI is required in order to obtain the specification and to license the IP that it contains. More information about USI and USI technology is available at http://www.universalstylus.org/.