Apple wins 23 patents while new ultra-accurate hand gesturing peripheral is revealed for Macs

“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 23 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today that mainly covered utility patents,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “The exceptions were granted patents for GarageBand and Aperture.”

Purcher reports, “”What steals the limelight today is a new hand gesturing system peripheral set to attack the Mac Market within the next eight months. You’ll be able to zoom into maps, enter a signature, play shooter games and play in 3D spaces in ways more natural than Apple’s Magic Trackpad.”

“Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers,” Purcher reports. “It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.”

Read more in the full article, including a photo of a young Steve Jobs taken by Norman Seeff, here.

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  1. A happier day with Steve, who I will always miss.

    That hand gesturing will work in conjunction with my magic mouse better than a magic trackpad. It sounds like it’s worth a try at $70.

      1. if you check the other thread… Or watch the video and see the start bar… You’d see he’s correct.

        They stated they are not done with the Mac version yet… They are hoping to release the Mac version alongside the win version. Also working on a Linux version.

  2. Fine for those that want to rub and gesticulate everything they do. I for one find the trackpad somewhat infantile, like finger painting, and this non-tactile version presents an overly extensive use of physical versus predominately mental control found in the mouse, which retains minimal gestures–click, scroll, drag–in a calmer posture and tighter circumference of motion.

    I am holding on to a supply of wireless Mighty Mice, which can produce more remote functions than the Magic Mouse. Perhaps they will name this new gadget the Mickey Mouse in honor of said cartoon character’s role in Disney’s “Fantasia” as the wildly hand-waving Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

    1. That wan’t “wild hand-waving” at all. Mickey was just doing what every arm-chair conductor does when listening to classical music.

      As one of those who wildly wave my hands like this, I am excited about the Leap thing as no doubt someone clever will produce an app that interprets my wild hand-waving and translates it into real conductorial cues for the music being played, ie slower, faster, louder brass, softer cellos, longer more drawn-out tympani rolls and finales. Oh the possibilites!

  3. In with the first mention of “Minority Report” ! I ordered one yesterday when I first read about it. Got confirmation email right away. Now when that UPS guy delivers something in January I’ll have forgotten all about it and get a new year surprise.

    1. Not yet- because it doesn’t project 3d holograms back out to the user, but its basically HALF of it. If apple Acquires them and then creates iMacs that project hologram interfaces to the end user… we will have the iron man interface 🙂

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