Apple applies for more touch-sensitive display tablet patents

“Apple has applied for new patents that detail methods for recognising data from a multipoint touch sensitive display and interpreting this data to allow things like zooming in on an image etc (a bit like the two finger scrolling on new Powerbooks enables window scrolling),” hrmpf.com reports. “An example they show is the zooming in on a map where a pinching action results on zooming where the pinch occurs- the opposite action of pinching results in zooming out. Rotating your finger results in- you guessed it- rotation of the image!”

“The key to the patent multipoint nature of the input- multiple fingers/hands being moved on the screen in gestures which result in specific changes. Further elements include how the very OS X-like interface would respond to touching- elements such as the gum-drop close boxes would magnify when the user passes their finger over them- to make clicking the individual elements easier,” hrmpf.com reports. “Certain gestures would result in floating controls poping up on the screen and enabling interaction- e.g. to enable easy scrolling a virtual click-wheel (looking very like the iPods clickwheel) would pop up- terrific for navigating iTunes etc- turning the volume up-down on your Apple iHome. These patents are certainly a step forward from the Newton UI and indicates Apple, at least, has contingency plans for an Apple tablet- with their top designer (Jonathan Ive) one of the inventors listed on the patents.”

Full article with many illustrations from the patent applications here.

United States Patent Application: Apple Computer, Inc. – “Gestures for touch sensitive input devices”

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28 Comments

  1. Apple, show me the products! I’m tired of rumors and speculation. I want hip, new products!!! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> I want a DVR to control my living room and watch shows I’ve downloaded and I want a Pocket Mac.

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  2. I see this patent, and I think this could be for a full screen video iPod with the clickwheel as part of the screen. That way, they could give the next video iPod a substantially larger screen without making the iPod any larger.

  3. This is the upcoming Apple product I am most excited about.

    I love the idea of a tablet… I had a Toshiba m200 before I switched. As a student and business owner, I loved everything about it… except for the operating system. It’s poorly implemented in windows… only a few useful, well made programs (Sketchpad, OneNote, Franklin Covey Planner) that utilize the enhanced capabilities.

  4. Here’s a thought. With this technology one could do away with the track pad and the mouse. Rather than point and lick with a mouse or a track pad and button, all one would have to do is actually touch the screen to actuate virtual controls on websites and software packages. The FINGER takes the place of the mouse and the track pad.

    Just be careful about having sticky fingers when you’re using the computer. And no KFC.

  5. I see this patent, and I think this could be for a full screen video iPod with the clickwheel as part of the screen. That way, they could give the next video iPod a substantially larger screen without making the iPod any larger.

    Here’s a thought. With this technology one could do away with the track pad and the mouse. Rather than point and lick with a mouse or a track pad and button, all one would have to do is actually touch the screen to actuate virtual controls on websites and software packages. The FINGER takes the place of the mouse and the track pad.

    Both of these are excellent ideas. I can see Apple implementing the iPod idea first though, because it relates to the video concept so well. A player no larger than the current iPod video, with controls built into a touch sentitive screen, allowing for the largest viewing area possible, would slam the door shut on any competing product.

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