Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Jan 2009 10:28 UTC
Apple In a possible legal showdown over multitouch patents between Apple and Palm, the Cupertino gadget maker has just looted a decent weapon off the dead body that is the US patent system: a patent on just about all multitouch gestures used in the iPhone and iPod Touch, such as swiping, pinching, and so on. Wielding this weapon, Apple suddenly has a pretty good case against Palm.
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RE: Is this serious?
by aldeck on Tue 27th Jan 2009 13:18 UTC in reply to "Is this serious?"
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RE[2]: Is this serious?
by mmu_man on Tue 27th Jan 2009 17:22 in reply to "RE: Is this serious?"
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Yeah this is ridiculous.
Even older prior art:

/me hates patent trolls.
Software patents sux. Just have them revoked!

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RE[2]: Is this serious?
by aliquis on Wed 28th Jan 2009 03:58 in reply to "RE: Is this serious?"
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"1983: Video Place / Video Desk (Myron Krueger)

· A vision based system that tracked the hands and enabled multiple fingers, hands, and people to interact using a rich set of gestures.
· Implemented in a number of configurations, including table and wall.
· Didn’t sense touch, per se, so largely relied on dwell time to trigger events intended by the pose.
· Essentially “wrote the book” in terms of unencumbered (i.e., no gloves, mice, styli, etc.) rich gestural interaction. Work that was more than a decade ahead of its time and hugely influential, yet not as acknowledged as it should be.
· Krueger, Myron, W. (1983). Artificial Reality. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
· Krueger, Myron, W. (1991). Artificial Reality II. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
· Krueger, Myron, W., Gionfriddo, Thomas., & Hinrichsen, Katrin (1985). VIDEOPLACE - An Artificial Reality, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’85), 35 - 40."

LOL! Good luck with this one Apple ;)

And first time I saw multitouch and the gestures used was this:

Not Apples technology. And sadly for Apple that's a Microsoft project ... The touch may have been sensed in another way but it's still touching, gestures and support multiple fingers. And innovative!

Edited 2009-01-28 04:01 UTC

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