The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two specific granted patents related to multitouch on touch screens. The first covers Apple original 2007 technology that introduced pinch and zoom, pinch and rotate and other key new-to-market gestures. The second patent that we cover relates to in-depth GUI's designed for the disabled so that they could use Apple's iDevices and MacBooks. The latter patent illustrates Apple's long standing commitment to providing the disabled with the very best assistive technology which flies in the face of a recently filed Class Action lawsuit on behalf of the disabled.
Apple Granted Patent for Pinch-Throw and Translation Gestures
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to the detection of finger pinch, rotate, and tap gestures along with a translation and optionally liftoff motion to initiate certain actions. It's one of Apple's defining patents related to iOS and how it function related to specific touch combinations.
These gestures can allow a user to more efficiently and accurately effect intended operations. To detect both the gesture and the translation, a certain amount of gesture scaling speed can be detected, where applicable, along with a certain amount of translation speed and distance traveled. For a finger pinch gesture, the scaling speed can be computed as the dot product of the velocity vectors of two or more fingers coming together. For a finger rotation gesture, the scaling speed can be computed as a cross product of the velocity vectors of the rotating fingers. The translation speed of a gesture can be computed as the average of the velocity vectors of any fingers involved in the gesture. The amount of gesture scaling speed and translation speed needed to trigger the recognition of a combined gesture with translation can be a predetermined ratio. In addition, the translation distance can be integrated over time, and if the distance exceeds a predetermined threshold, the combined gesture/translation can be recognized as an actionable gesture.
Apple's patent FIG. 7a noted above illustrates an exemplary combined finger pinch/translation gesture according to embodiments of the invention; FIG. 8a illustrates an exemplary combined finger rotation/translation gesture according to embodiments of the invention.
Apple credits Wayne Carl Westerman and Brett Alten as the inventors of granted patent 8,681,104 which was originally filed in Q2 2007 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 56 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Apple Granted a Patent for GUI's designed for the Disabled using iDevices and/or a MacBook
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention which is titled "Devices, Methods & GUI's for Accessibility using a Touch-Sensitive Surface." Apple's invention relates to electronic devices designed for people with impaired vision, and more particularly, to electronic devices that provide accessibility using a touch-sensitive surface, such as a touch screen display or a track pad.
More specifically, Apple's granted patent covers a method which includes: mapping at least a first portion of the display to the touch-sensitive surface; concurrently displaying a plurality of user interface containers on the display; detecting a user interface container selection event that selects a first user interface container in the plurality of user interface containers; and, in response to detecting the user interface container selection event: ceasing to map the first portion of the display to the touch-sensitive surface, and proportionally mapping the first user interface container to be substantially coextensive with the touch-sensitive surface.
Apple's patent FIG. 5HH noted above represents an exemplary gesture for zoom mode for those that are handicapped; FIG. 6A depicts three exemplary mappings of user interface containers designed for a touch-sensitive surface for those with disabilities.
Apple credits Christopher Fleizach and Eric Seymour as the inventors of granted patent 8,681,106 which was originally filed in Q3 2009 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 21 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Recently a new class action lawsuit was filed against Apple for Failing to Design a Point of Sale Device that is Accessible and usable by Blind People. In our report covering this lawsuit we pointed out that Apple has shown leadership in providing the best accessibility tools to the disabled in the industry. Today's patent win is just another example of their leadership.
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