Apple patent reveals rock ‘n’ roll Magic Mouse

“On February 18, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next possible chapters for Apple’s Magic Mouse,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple introduced the world’s first Multi-Touch Mouse this past October. The Magic Mouse features a seamless touch-sensitive enclosure that allows it to be a single or multi-button mouse with advanced gesture support,” Purcher reports. “Using intuitive gestures, users can easily scroll through long documents, pan across large images or swipe to move forward or backward through a collection of web pages or photos.”

“In January of this year, we were able to see the first installation of technologies related to advancing the Magic Mouse and today, Apple sheds more light on the advances that they’re considering,” Purcher reports. “Today’s patent focuses on introducing a ‘rotatable mouse’ using new sensors and a triple-axes gyroscope that detects the roll, pitch, and yaw of the mouse.”

Purcher reports, “That translates in allowing the user to tilt the mouse one way to cause a horizontal scroll and another way to cause a vertical scroll and yet another to tilt a graphic as shown above. The other change that you’ll notice in the graphic above is that the bottom of the mouse is described in terms of it having a convex bottom design so as to make it easier to cause scrolling and other events by simply rocking or rolling the mouse. It’s so simple, that it’s brilliant.”

Much more, including patent application illustrations, in the full article here.


  1. How nice that you know that the plural of “axis” is “axes”! Wow! Congratulations!

    However, a tip for non-native speakers of English: “triple-axes gyroscope” is incorrect. You wouldn’t say you have a three feet high fence, know a six feet tall man, saw a fifty yards touchdown, or live on a five miles long road. When a word is used adjectivally as a unit of measurement, it’s always singular.

    It’s “triple-axis gyroscope.”

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