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Apple "wins" patent for gestures

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It would seem that language is patentable. Apple has "won" a patent for multi-touch gestures - AKA a
sign language.

"" Apple has been granted a patent for a multi-touch system that compares finger arrangements at the
beginning of multi-touch gestures and discriminates between neutral and spread-hand performances.
Gestures by the neutral and spread-hand versions of each chord are then mapped to separate, but
intuitively related cursor functions or sets of commands. Less-frequently performed functions and
commands are typically assigned to the spread-hand chord, since spreading the hand from neutral
takes deliberate effort. With these neutral and spread distinctions, a two-handed gesture set can be
packed into a one-handed touch surface, or for two-handed touch surfaces, twice as many intuitively
customizable gesture command sets can be accommodated. ""

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