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The US Patent and Trademark Office yesterday released Apple's most recent application, in which the company files for patent protection for ... wait for it ... a glove.

No, not a Power Glove. Patent #20090000010 is for what Apple calls a High tactility glove system designed to aid users in operating their multi-touch devices - think iPhones - in frigid weather.

Apple high-tactility glove system patent

"I love patent #20090000010. It's so bad!"

As the application says, "When users, in cold weather, wear thick or bulky gloves ... the loss of tactile feedback to the user may prevent the user from properly operating the electronic device, and may lead to frustration. Alternatively, if the user has to remove his gloves ... the user's hand may become cold and uncomfortable, which may also lead to user frustration."

Apple high-tactility glove system patent

Fair enough. We don't want those poor iPhone users up in Frostbite Falls to be frustrated, do we?

Apple's glovely solution is two-layer "system" with an outer insulating layer and an internal conductive layer. In the fingertips of the outer layer there are "apertures" through which the user may thrust his or her desired digit so that it might appropriately caress a multi-touch display while still protected by the inner layer.

These apertures, according to the application, may be closed by an elastic ring or cap in order to "to prevent rain from reaching the liner through the aperture, or to prevent cooling of the user's fingers through the aperture."

Considerate, don't you think?

Also, check out the flow-chart (right) filed with the patent, which describes the series of activities a user must engage in to enjoy the benefits of this boon to mankind. Sorta brings you back to your first Basic-programming class, doesn't it?

Frankly, we had to examine the date on this application publication to ensure that it wasn't intended to be filed exactly three months in the future. After examination of the document, however, we feel comfortable in assuring you that it is, indeed, authentic.

Apple high-tactility glove system patent

Is it just us, or is this vaguely disconcerting?

To be sure, the warmth and protection of scrolling, flicking, and pinching digits is a noble cause, but isn't a hole in the finger of a glove taking patent protection a wee bit too far? ®

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