Apple Granted Patent for Multi-touch Gesturing System

Posted on April 29, 2010 by

From MacStories:

Apple has won a patent for a multi-touch gesturing system that involves virtual keyboard or large surface computer, Patently Apple reports. The application was filed in 2006 and granted 2 days ago, you can check it out here.

The patent shows set of gestures (like replace, find, cut, global search) 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.”

Basically, it’s very likely that this technology will be used for the next iterations of iPhone OS (on the iPad?) or Mac OS X, and it could seriously change the way we interact with files, contextual menus and trackpad. Also, Apple has been granted another patent for music tempo workouts, and we can’t wait to see this one implemented in the near future.

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