“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we focus entirely on a radical new multidimensional file system for Macs and a gaming console,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.
“Technically, Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to computer systems and more specifically to user interfaces for computer systems that facilitates information localization and organization,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s radical invention provides a method for classifying documents to allow a multi-dimensional graphical representation, the method comprising displaying a first group of documents on a first document vector; and displaying a second group of documents on a second document vector.”
“The invention goes to extremes in explaining ‘A System and Method for Locating and Organizing Information’ (SMLOI) stored in the memory of a computer system,” Purcher reports. “Apple states that in order to add meaning to the information contained inside the SMLOI, a story or a ‘game metaphor’ can be applied to the vectorial space. This would help to link information elements between them to improve the user understanding. If necessary, when using a ‘game metaphor,’ a score could be calculated using multiple parameters. The SMLOI can use a 3D/virtual reality environment and, to some extent, turn the ‘chore’ of SMLOI into some sort of a game; the system could even keep records and statistics of a user’s performance as an information organizer and user.”
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