Apple patent application details ‘radial menus’

Complete your iPad experience with ZAGGmate!“A recent patent application by Apple brought to light by UnwiredView shows the company doing further research into the concept of pop-up menus in a radial arrangement, a concept that could expand user options while still manageable by simple gestures,” MacNN reports.

“The new ‘radial’ menus follow on from an earlier patent exploring the use of ‘spiraling’ menus to expand options or level of detail,” MacNN reports. “The use of a circular motion is ideal for touchscreen devices and allows ‘contextual menus’ to offer more choices without using any additional screen real estate.”

MacNN reports, “The application, simply entitled ‘Radial Menus,’ also describes how radial menus can be more efficiently selected with a pointing device like a mouse over the current “move to menubar to select standard features” model found in all three major operating systems today.”

More, including patent app illustrations, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

24 Comments

  1. Anyone know how to get rid of those little advert bubbles that pop up when you mouse over them? (i.e. mouse over the word ‘touchscreen’ in the article) They drive me bonkers and I can’t find how to turn it off….

  2. Just MDN trying to make few bucks. 🙁

    If you click on the “?” at the top right of the ad, then click “Disable” on the page that comes up, the ads are supposed to be disabled, but they still show up for me (Safari 5.0.3 in OSX 10.6.5).

    It sucks-can’t do anything without being bombarded by advertising.

  3. LIke it says, this particular idea is more applicable to a touch-based interface.

    However, I DO think the major Mac OS release AFTER Lion will use some new concept to replace the current functions of the Menu Bar and Dock. With screens getting larger, wider, and/or very high resolution, it no longer makes sense to put such functions at the very top and bottom of the screen, taking up permanent vertical space (Yes, I know you can put the Dock on the side of the screen and make it hide). In many current applications, most of the common functions are part of the window, so the Menu Bar is not used as much. Whatever replaces the Menu Bar and Dock should appear when needed, then disappear, and it should appear close to the current pointer location, not at the extreme top and bottom of the screen. It should work somewhat like a Contextual Menu, but with greatly enhanced functionality.

  4. ‘Anyone know how to get rid of those little advert bubbles that pop up when you mouse over them? (i.e. mouse over the word ‘touchscreen’ in the article) They drive me bonkers and I can’t find how to turn it off….’

    Try PithHelmet.

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