Feeds

Apple granted multi-tap detecting tablet patent

How to do multi-touch circa 2005

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Apple was yesterday granted a patent giving it ownership of a method by which tablet devices can detect how close users' fingers and thumbs are.

Dubbed 'Proximity Detector for Tablets', US patent number 7,653,883 describes how sensors may be used to look for approaching digits and pop up appropriate user interface elements accordingly. When fingers are withdrawn, the tablet can "disable and remove GUI element from display".

Apple patent

Apple's tablet patent: detecting different digits

The patent - spotted by Patently Apple - was originally requested in 2005, two years before the release of the first iPhone and its multi-touch display. Proximity detection was clearly how Apple was considering a touchscreen device could be adapted to pick up multiple taps simultaneously.

Apple patent

As such - and despite the monumental coincidence of the granting of this tablet-related patent - it's probably talking speculation a step too far to suggest this is how tonight's unveiling is going to work.

Multi-touch screens are now commonplace, after all.

Apple filed rather a lot of touchscreen-related patents back in 2005, including this one for a virtual clickwheel which has yet to see light of day in a real, shipping product. The UI will look familiar from the pics above. Will it become more familiar tonight? ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing
Only another three days of pooing and I can have a ride!
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.