Two of Apple's Magic Mouse Patents Finally Surface
The world's first Multi-Touch mouse happens to be Apple's new Magic Mouse. It swipes, scrolls, accepts gestures and clicks – even to the tune of offering 3 and 4 click programmable action options. Interestingly, two of Apple's Magic Mouse patents that painstakingly detail this revolutionary mouse just happened to magically appear in the European Patent Office recently with references made to two US filings which were never published on the USPTO's public database listing for some reason. With that said, the two patents presented here today will be of interest to engineering students and those who simply love to understand the magic behind breakthrough products. It should also be noted that Apple's Magic Mouse webpage makes a specific reference to a laser-tracking engine that's more sensitive than traditional optical tracking. The two noted patents presented here today only reference optical tracking. So the switch to laser must have been a last minute implementation prior to launch.
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