Apple Wins Strategic Multitouch Gesturing Patent

Apple has won a patent for a sophisticated multi-touch gesturing system for touch screen based devices.

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to Apple for its multi-touch system that offers sophisticated multi-touch gestures by detecting multiple finger contacts with a touchscreen.

Fast Company writes on what these new kinds of multitouch gestures mean for Apple users:

When you plop your fingers down on a trackpad or touchscreen you can either use a relaxed hand position, or a more active position in which your fingers are spread apart. By detecting this subtle difference, an attached computer will be able to discriminate a much more complicated set of gestures than would be possible than by merely detecting multiple finger contacts.

And exactly what commands will our jammy, sweaty fingers be drumming up when they dab at the screens of Apple’s future gizmos? So many gestures that one’s fingers will practically dance across a touchscreen, and you may no longer need ctrl-cmd-shift-key shortcuts.

Apple has gained a strategic win with this patent as multitouch trackpads on its iPhone and iPad’s touchscreens have been extremely popular among users and several of its competitors have started using multitouch technology in their gadgets.

FastCompany: “Apple’s Multitouch Plans Mean Fingers Dancing on Touchscreens”

[via PatentlyApple]

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