Apple "wins" patent for gestures

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Sweetpea, May 1, 2010.

  1. Sweetpea

    Sweetpea Guest

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

    http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/04/apple-wins-strategic-multitouch-music-tempo-
    workout-patents.html


    "" 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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    Sweetpea, May 1, 2010
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