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Pinch that mouse! July 9, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Hardware.

Forget that secondary button – Apple has gone whole hog and applied for patents that use the same multi-touch technology used in the iPhone on a mouse.

The patent application, apparently filed over a year ago, will map the entire upper surface of a hand controller and make it sensitive to hand and finger gestures, or to recognize images of specific hands so it can apply individual user profiles. Aside from clicking and tapping, in principle you can pinch the mouse surface to zoom in on a portion of the picture, and vice versa, swipe to scroll and make circles to rotate. It’s like having a tablet-mouse.

(If this is the case, I’m just wondering why they don’t take the mouse out altogether and just provide a little tablet instead? Or apply the tech to the screen directly like some tablet laptops? Then again, who am I to second-guess Steve Jobs? They probably have something along those lines already for all I know.)

Whatever the case, this’ll be cool.

Image from Electronista.



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