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Thread: Apple's New Focus on Touch
10-02-2009, 06:32 PM #1
Apple's New Focus on Touch
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A patent application filed by Apple back in June that was discovered by AppleInsider today shows plans for a revolutionary new touch interface that would be used on a device with a touch screen large enough to accommodate two hands. In addition to being yet another piece of news that will be seized upon as evidence that Apple is working on bringing a new tablet device to market, the plans are further indication that the company is focused on making touch-sensitive interfaces a big part of its future products.
The application refers to a need for "pointing methods with higher resolution, larger movement range, and more degrees of freedom yet which are easily accessible from typing hand positions." Apple notes that pointing devices embedded in keyboards were difficult to control optimally, and are presenting a touch interface with multiple modes as a solution to that need.
The invention Apple is seeking a patent for is both the hardware details of the touch screen as well as interface design and the specific motions that will be recognized. The plans are for a system that will sense such things as whether someone is resting their hands on the screen, the duration between when a hand or fingers touch the surface and when they are picked up, whether one finger or multiple fingers are tapped, interpreting the movement of two hands together as two-dimensional manipulation, and more.
Apple is clearly looking to be an industry leader in the new field of touch computing, and like any basic technology it's hard if not impossible to predict with certainty how the new interface will change the way we interact with technology. However, just as the mouse revolutionized not only human-computer interaction, but allowed for fields like desktop publishing to emerge, it's apparent that the new multi-touch interface has the potential to enable developers to create new applications. Ultimately, these tactile screens could extend the current point-and-click flatland of our desktops into something that more closely resembles our real world. And that's much more interesting than a ten-inch tablet.
Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 10-02-2009 at 06:37 PM.
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10-02-2009, 06:41 PM #2
Can't wait to see the future when I'm 80 hahaha
10-02-2009, 06:45 PM #3
Actually it looks more like a blend between a future keyboard and mouse. Not so much a screen/tablet pc.
10-02-2009, 07:16 PM #4
If Apple comes out with a legit tablet, not a overside iPod Touch or iPhone, I'm definitely will be waiting in line to get one of them.iPhone Firmware - 4.1
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10-02-2009, 07:28 PM #5
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10-02-2009, 07:34 PM #6
anyone notice how that resembles a Ouija board?
10-02-2009, 08:51 PM #7
10-02-2009, 09:43 PM #8
WTF, can we please give the "Apple Tablet" thing a rest already? Who gives a rat's *** about this anyway? "Oh wow, you can get digital newspapers on it!" Whooptie-facking-doo! I'm so sick of hearing rumors about a completely irrelevant piece of technology that may or may not even exist.
If it ever does arrive, its gonna be the second-coming of AppleTV.
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10-02-2009, 10:17 PM #9
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10-02-2009, 10:53 PM #10
It would be nice to have a touch-keyboard
10-03-2009, 12:24 AM #11
touch keyboard FTW
one that can change the image on it.
AND have a nice little haptic response..
maybe even changing texture for keys...If i helped you, clicking thanks would be nice
10-03-2009, 07:06 AM #12
Virtual keyboard maybe, with mouse touch movements too?
10-03-2009, 07:07 AM #13
clearly some new technology DOES exist. patents were put in. it's been said already but this looks more like new keyboard technology than a tablet so what the heck are you bellyaching about?
10-03-2009, 10:52 AM #14
What purpose will a tablet serve? Someone explain that to me. Seriously, all this fuss over something that may not even be in the works. What will it accomplish that a MacBook can't? I just don't understand the hype for something that seems so worthless.
And I've got an MBP, iPhone 3GS, and an iPod Nano so I'm not anti-Apple at all. I honestly just don't get it.
10-03-2009, 02:11 PM #15
10-03-2009, 02:26 PM #16
Sounds like the touch surface microsoft is working on.
10-03-2009, 03:36 PM #17
10-03-2009, 06:38 PM #18
Just give it a rest with the useless stories already
10-03-2009, 08:37 PM #19
10-03-2009, 10:22 PM #20
It might not even be the tablet. Everyone is saying how this is a patent for the design of a tablet Mac, but to me it looks like a keyboard. And plus, how many patents has Apple made that they never used or acted upon. Just recently there was a post on this site where Apple might put to use ideas from patents that they filed in 2006!
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