Feeds

Apple applies for virtual clickwheel patent

Paves the way for gesture-driven, context-sensitive iPods and tablet Macs

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Claims that Apple is preparing an iPod-branded video player were strengthened late last week when it emerged the company has filed a patent application for exactly the kind of virtual clickwheel technology the new device has been said to sport.

apple gesture ui for touchscreens

The concept is embedded in US patent number 20060026535, originally filed with the US Patent Office on 18 January 2005 but updated on 2 February this year. The application details a "mode-based graphical user interfaces for touch sensitive input devices", which generates and operates virtual GUI control elements depending on where the user touches the screen.

Drawings accompanying the application show not only a virtual clickwheel, but a device not unlike the tablet computer Apple patented in Europe in August 2004. It was described as a "handheld computer" looking not unlike an iBook screen minus the keyboard. The virtual control patent application shows such a machine running a range of apps, among them iTunes, iPhoto and a word processor, each with virtual controllers representing physical equivalents, including a keyboard and clickwheel.

Virtual keyboards and nothing new, and Palm has had virtual character entry systems for some time. What's central to Apple claims is novel is the way the host system can create and remove a wide range of virtual controllers according to what the user is doing at any given time. The patent application also taps into an earlier application filed by the company for a gesture recognition system for touch-sensitive devices.

The system has clear applications beyond iPods and tablet Macs - we'd like to suggest a basic control box to allow anyone owning an Airport Express-connected hi-fi to select what songs their music-hosting computer is pumping out across the WLAN. Or as a remote viewer for network hosted media content. ®

apple gesture ui for touchscreens

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – A jolly little war for lunchtime
Free-to-play WoW turn-based game when you have 20 minutes to kill
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.