Apple patent application reveals new Multi-Touch™ screen technology

EA Store: Award-winning Games“On January 7, 2010, the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple’s multi-touch screen technology,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple’s patent generally relates to displays having pixels that include capacitive elements, and more particularly to displays in which capacitive elements of the pixels that form part of the display system that generates an image on the display also form part of a touch sensing system that senses touch events on or near the display,” Purcher reports. “Additionally, the patent focuses on displays including pixels with dual-function capacitive elements that translate into fewer moving parts and/or processor steps that could deliver thinner, brighter displays.”

Purcher reports, “While Apple’s patent, in general, could only be truly appreciated by someone with a Ph. D in this particular discipline, we mere mortals are able to see that Apple will use this next generation touch screen technology on their iPhone, iPod touch and yes, a touch screen MacBook or future MacBook-Tablet. Apple’s new displays will in part, utilize LTPS screen technology which is said to be lightning fast.”

Much more, including many of Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

[Attribution: VentureBeat. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]

20 Comments

  1. in Ballmy’s CES Yawn-a-thon Keynote presentation, take a look at time segment 41:45 where his ‘student’ can get the touch screen to work. Classic MS failure. “…power went out earlier… so… don’t mind anythings you see up here, we’re just uh…”

    too funny.

  2. flashxl, I can’t imagine a human liver working in an alien body, but I suppose it’s not too farfetched to assume Jobs was influenced by The Man Who Fell To Earth.

  3. One thing puzzled me in particular – “Additionally, the patent focuses on displays including pixels with dual-function capacitive elements that translate into fewer moving parts …..”

    Just how many moving parts are there in existing touch screen displays ? I would have guessed at none, so fewer than none will be quite an impressive achievement.

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