Apple patent application details virtual input device app that works in both 2D and 3D

Apple Store“In July of this year a job posting by Apple stated that they were working on a new revolutionary Mac OS X feature,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

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“Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent that could very well play a part of this revolutionary feature that Apple has in development,” Purcher reports. “It’s a cool virtual input device application that works in both 2D and 3D”

Purcher reports, “The technology will somehow allow you to project an input device into the display of the unit that could then be used instead of the actual input device. For instance, a physical touch pad could be created virtually on your display and then used as you would your physical trackpad. That would require the display, in some applications, to be that of a touch display. The patent hints that it could also relate to gaming. That could mean adding virtual gamepad controls to the display if it’s used in tablet mode or transferred to a tablet – like the iPad.”

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

20 Comments

  1. Wild. Some great stuff is coming to OS X in the next few years after thinking that Apple was neglecting it. Heterogeneous computing with GPU/CPU’s + Apple’s OpenCL is going to change a lot of things and the UI is likely the one will appreciate most. Speed it up Apple!

  2. Wild. Some great stuff is coming to OS X in the next few years after thinking that Apple was neglecting it. Heterogeneous computing with GPU/CPU’s + Apple’s OpenCL is going to change a lot of things and the UI is likely the one will appreciate most. Speed it up Apple!

  3. This patent looks like another hint at imminent demise of a mouse as an input device. It essentially allows a (multi)touch display to be used as a mouse, trackpad, keyboard or game controller emulator. Just as we have already seen with the virtual keyboard, the concept extends this to virtualisation of any physical input device on a multi-touch display.

    The writing is on the wall. Future Macs will be running iOS. Mouse will be in a museum, and keyboard will be optional (for those that write a lot).

  4. This patent looks like another hint at imminent demise of a mouse as an input device. It essentially allows a (multi)touch display to be used as a mouse, trackpad, keyboard or game controller emulator. Just as we have already seen with the virtual keyboard, the concept extends this to virtualisation of any physical input device on a multi-touch display.

    The writing is on the wall. Future Macs will be running iOS. Mouse will be in a museum, and keyboard will be optional (for those that write a lot).

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