Multitouch

US Patent office invalidates previous validation of Apple multitouch patent, unless and until they validate it again

US Patent office invalidates previous validation of Apple multitouch patent, unless and until they validate it again

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which often seems content to grant patents willy-nilly and let companies fight out their validity in court, has just ruled that Apple's massive multi-touch patent is invalid. At least for now. They approved it before and may approve it again. But they're invalidating their previous validation unless and until they validate it again...

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iPhone 5, iPod touch 5 touchscreens responding oddly to multiple, rapid diagonal swipes

iPhone 5, iPod touch 5 touchscreens responding oddly to multiple, rapid diagonal swipes

The iPhone 5 appears to be exhibiting odd touch behavior when it comes to consistent detection of multiple swipe events over time. On an iPhone 4S, you can begin rapidly swiping back and forth and iOS will easily keep pace, scrolling the view to match your mad swiping, even as you start angling towards the diagonal. On an iPhone 5, however, while vertical scrolling remains fine, rapid...

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Disney Research's Touché shows off the future of iPhone-like multitouch gestures... everywhere

Disney Research's Touché shows off the future of iPhone-like multitouch gestures... everywhere

The iPhone made capacitive multitouch, gesture-based technology mainstream. These days, we never think twice about tapping, swiping, pinching, twisting, or otherwise manipulating the digital content on our devices. But only on our digital devices. Imagine a future where capacitive multitouch wasn't limited to screens but could be implemented on all sorts of everyday objects, from...

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