Articles about multi-touch

Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

Apple was granted two dozen patents in the US Patent and Trademark Office's weekly patent-palooza, held each Tuesday, providing Cupertino's legal team with a new cache of ammunition to be fired up in future patent wars. Snuggled in amongst Tuesday's hoard is a patent entitled "Multipoint touchscreen" that could potentially be …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Feb 2012
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Apple loses bid to trademark 'multi-touch'

The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Apple's appeal to obtain a trademark for the term "multi-touch". "Simply because the applied-for term has been used in association with a highly successful product does not mean the term has acquired distinctiveness," concludes the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in an …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Sep 2011
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Apple patent eyes Mac OS X tablet

A patent application published on Thursday reveals how far Apple has progressed on melding iOS's multi-touch interface with Mac OS X, and hints that the Mac operating system's multiple-workspace feature, Spaces, may find its way onto the iPad. The application, entitled "Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for …
Rik Myslewski, 31 Mar 2011
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Jobs' Lion to marry Mac OS X and iOS

Updated Steve Jobs announced today what he suggested was a marriage of iOS with Mac OSX. Called Mac OS X Lion, the next version of the Mac's operating system will bring iOS features to the Mac, including bringing the App Store — and, possibly, its limitations — to the Mac. Jobs told his "Back to the Mac" audience at the company's …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Oct 2010
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Apple patent pic revives touchscreen Mac buzz

Just days after rumors of an impending touchscreen iMac were put to rest, a US patent application has been published that revives them once again — but with a twist. The patent filing in question, "Integrated Touch Sensitive Display Gate Driver", describes a display system that can be switched between touchscreen and …
Rik Myslewski, 8 Oct 2010
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Multi-touch iMacs prepped in Cupertino?

Apple is reportedly sampling touch-panel displays for use in its iMac line of all-in-one desktops, in an expansion of the Jobsian desire to create a touchy-feely computing world. This report comes by way of the Taiwanese market-watchers at DigiTimes, whose army of sources have touched off many a rumor flurry over the years. …
Rik Myslewski, 1 Oct 2010
HP EliteBook 2740p

HP intros multi-touch tablet

HP has taken a typical 12in tablet PC form factor and built in not only Intel's latest Core i5 and i7 mobile processors but also given the machine multi-touch capability. The result: the EliteBook 2470p. You'll need Windows 7 to make the most of the 1280 x 800 "outdoor view" multi-touch screen, but HP is also offering older …
Tony Smith, 1 Mar 2010
Medion Akoya Multi-Touch Monitor E54009

Medion E54009 touch monitor

Review Love or scoff at the idea, Windows 7’s touchscreen features need to be experienced first-hand, and jabbing away at a demo machine at PC World doesn’t really count. The problem is that buying in to touchscreen technology for the home is an expensive experiment: you would normally need to invest in a brand new touchscreen notebook …

Firm grows multi-touch see-through 'skin' for gadgets

Are you ready for an iPad that's curved to fit around your forearm? Or an LCD TV that's as interactive as an iPhone? Displax, an off-shoot of Portuguese internet services company Edigma, reckons it can make these devices possible. It has developed what it claimed is the first multi-touch tech that can be applied to any …
Tony Smith, 2 Feb 2010
Key end

Apple vanishes multi-touch ancestor has finally disappeared, five years after Apple bought the company and integrated multi-touch into the iPhone, hopefully paving the way for a new kind of keyboard. Fingerworks manufactured multi-touch keyboards for those with more money than sense*, enabling the use of gestures and multi-touch interaction with …
Bill Ray, 12 Jan 2010

Sharp intros 'world's first optical sensor LCD pad' netbook

Sharp has unveiled a netbook that, it claims, features the world’s first LCD touchpad, allowing for both pen and multi-touch finger operation - and providing visual feedback. Video courtesy of Akihabaranews Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Named Mebius, the PC has a 4in, 854 × 480 input device …
James Sherwood, 21 Apr 2009

External multi-touch trackpad fingered

If the growing number of laptops being shipped with multi-touch trackpads has you down, one retailer’s launched a gadget that’ll bring your machine up-to-date without spending a fortune. SmartTrack_Neo_01 SmartTrack Neo: multi-touch, without the cost SmartTrack Neo is an external touchpad supporting multi-touch. Because it …
James Sherwood, 20 Apr 2009

Apple's Snow Leopard may know where you are

Apple's upcoming Snow Leopard operating system will include location awareness and multi-touch capabilities. Or so it seems. Citing an anonymous source, AppleInsider says that Snow Leopard, aka Mac OS X version 10.6, will include the CoreLocation framework introduced last March in the iPhone 2.0 SDK. The iPhone runs a slimmed …
Rik Myslewski, 5 Feb 2009
Apple Glove Patent Illustration

Apple's latest patent brilliance: the iGlove

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 …
Rik Myslewski, 2 Jan 2009

Apple wants to swipe your iPhone

On Christmas day, the US Patent & Trademark Office slipped a little present under our collective trees: an Apple patent application entitled "Swipe Gestures for Touch Screen Keyboards." Originally filed on June 27, 2007, the application describes "Systems, methods, and devices for interpreting manual swipe gestures as input in …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Dec 2008
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Latest Firefox beta gets touchy on Mac

Newer MacBook owners can set their fingers to work on the latest beta build of Firefox, which adds multi-touch gesture support for trackpads. Mozilla this week carted out Beta 2 of Firefox 3.1 sporting new toys like a private browsing mode, improved rendering, a faster JavaScript engine, and stability fixes. Unique to the Mac …
Austin Modine, 11 Dec 2008

Apple eyes (yet another) multi-touch patent

Ever since Jeff Han's deservedly famous demo of a multi-touch interface at the TED conference in February of 2006, gestural-display developments have continued to appear, from Apple's mega-successful iPhone to Microsoft's micro-market Surface computer. In an application filing published today by the US Patent Office and …
Rik Myslewski, 4 Dec 2008

Fujitsu intros gesture-control laptop line

Fujitsu has expanded its LifeBook laptop line with a touchy-feely model that sports a gesture-enabled touchpad. Fujitsu_p8020_leftangle_01 Fujitsu's P8020 LifeBook: The P8020’s touchpad lets you zoom in and out by moving two fingers closer or further apart. It also lets you perform a continuous scroll – something that …
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2008

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