Of the eighteen, “Apple has been awarded three colossal multi-touch related patents,” Purcher reports. “The patents cover multi-touch displays that detect the motion of two or more fingers as well as the tracking of multiple fingers and palm contacts using proximity sensors that enable unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling and 3D manipulation.”
Purcher reports, “One of Apple’s patents also makes it crystal clear that multi-touch will extend beyond the iPod, iPhone and iPad and eventually advance to devices such as the MacBook and the iMac.”
Apple’s Three New Major Multi-Touch Granted Patents:
1. Portable Electronic Device with Multi-Touch Input
2. Ellipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces
3. Simultaneous Sensing Arrangement
Full article, complete with patent application illustrations, here.