“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.
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