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01-20-2011, 11:46 AM #1
Multi-Touch Display Coming to Apple's Next Magic Mouse?
On Thursday morning, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple suggesting that multi-touch display may be coming to Apple's next Magic Mouse. The patent application clearly indicates Apple's interest in producing more sophisticated input systems for its line of Macs, a goal that would be served by the arrival of multi-touch display on the Magic Mouse.
Published this morning by our friends at Patently Apple, one illustration displays one potential application of the aforementioned technology. In one drawing, Apple boasts a virtual number keypad overlaying the mouse, an arrangement that would conceivably provide for easier data entry for users. So advanced is the concept - for a mouse at least - that the display would change based on the tasks being performed by the user at any given moment. The touch screen interface, in short, would adapt the command keys displayed in accordance with the command options available.
According to the patent summary:
In an embodiment, an input device, such as a computer mouse, includes an display device to present observable data to a user. In some examples, the observable data may form a portion of an interface to communicate user interactions to a host system. In some desirable configurations, the input devices will include a collimated glass component configured to translate an image from the display device to a surface of the input device, for example, an outer surface.
To learn more about the patent and the multitude of applications made possible by this technology, check out Patently Apple.
Source: Patently Apple
01-20-2011, 11:49 AM #2
01-20-2011, 11:49 AM #3
Context sensitive display on a magic mouse? Sign me up.
01-20-2011, 12:31 PM #4
That is awesome! Definitely a useful mouse.
01-20-2011, 12:46 PM #5
WOW NO, JUST STOP. Magic Mouse sucks so hard, Apple is putting multitouch on literally everything EXCEPT their MacBook screens and it's getting annoying
01-20-2011, 01:31 PM #6
01-20-2011, 02:25 PM #7
Do I see a right click?
01-20-2011, 02:26 PM #8
01-20-2011, 02:33 PM #9
I don't think this one will see the light of day. It makes no sense.
01-20-2011, 04:13 PM #10
Was thinking of getting 1 magic mouse.....think I should wait now.....with Apple, u just don't know when is the right time to buy their product...LOLA positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
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01-20-2011, 04:46 PM #11
01-20-2011, 07:41 PM #12
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01-20-2011, 07:52 PM #13
01-20-2011, 09:49 PM #14
01-20-2011, 09:53 PM #15
Yep. Does what normal right buttons do lol.
And with bettertouchtools I can do a three finger click as a middle button click too. I do that because the area for the middle click is to narrow.
Last edited by Cer0; 01-20-2011 at 09:53 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
01-22-2011, 03:05 PM #16
this would be great, i hate not having the numeric keypad on my keyboard and having it on the mouse would save spaceYou don't like the iPad because you don't have one!