Apple Applies for Touch-Screen Gesture Patent
The company's patent application features an illustration of a hand making the "dialing" motion that controls an iPod on a large, blank display.Apple Computer has applied for a patent on several methods of applying gestures to touch-sensitive input devices, possibly implying a touch-pad- or touch-screen-enabled product is in the companys future. The companys patent, "Gestures for touch sensitive input devices," features a large illustration of a hand making the "dialing" motion that controls an iPod on a large, blank display. The patent describes several methods for inputting touch commands, including the implementation of floating controls as well as the method of turning a virtual page, such as in an electronic book.
The patent is actually an extension of a similar patent Apple filed in July 2004, which has yet to be granted.