Apple Applies for MultiTouch Interface Patent

Submitted by lalit on August 2, 2007 - 7:22pm.

If using the iPhone made you wonder if Apple going to use MultiTouch in computers, this new patent application by Apple shows what they want to do with MultiTouch in the future. The patent is credited to John Elias and Wayne Westerman, founders of Fingerworks, a company that deals with touch-interface. The patent describes how multi-touch gestures can have a broad vocabulary using number of different gestures with fingers, thumbs, and/or other hand parts. Over 300 different combinations are possible per hand. Examples given include Thumb and finger used to do many tasks on the computer like cut, copy, paste, redo, undo and drag. The patent was filed on 3rd January 2007 and was published today. This patent shows the direction Apple is taking with MultiTouch interface.