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Apple files patent application for tactile feedback keyboard

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Apple files patent application for tactile feedback keyboard
With all of the talk about the possibility of a new iPhone coming next summer, or the potential introduction of an Apple tablet within weeks, the guys at Cupertino might have left a hint about what changes we might find in regard to virtual keyboards on a new iPhone or on a tablet. A patent application filed on August 28th of this year called “Keystroke Tactility Arrangement on a Smooth Touch Surface”, shows how a surface on a device would be smooth while the user was using swipes or gestures. When in "keyboard" mode, bumps and dots appear to help the user type faster and with more accuracy. According to the application, "The articulating frame may provide key edge ridges that define the boundaries of the key regions or may provide tactile feedback mechanisms within the key regions. The articulating frame may also be configured to cause concave depressions similar to mechanical key caps in the surface." Another part of the application discusses how the keys on the keyboard wild have harder resistance on the outer edges of the key with softer resistance in the center of the virtual keys, guiding users to the correct key that you want pressed. The application also notes that pointing is easier on a smoother service with little friction while typing is best on keys with hard edges that fingertips can detect. Putting a dot on every key would help users find their location. The patent gives the user of a device equipped with this technology, the best of both worlds.

Another Apple patent application revealed this week deals with multi-touch sensors that use a transparent touch surface and does not require an opaque surface as is necessary with current technology because of the way that circuitry must be placed behind electrodes. This patent application, called "Multipoint Touch Surface Controller" includes drive electronics that stimulate the multi-touch sensor and circuits for reading the sensor together in one integrated package. The difference to current multi-touch tech has to do with the limits of today's circuits to detect touch because of the larger size of the unit.

The two patents mesh with one found in October that showed how ten individual fingers and two resting palms could be identified separately which would allow for unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device." Put this all together and it seems that Apple is about to rock our world again.

source: AppleInsider via BGR

Apple files patent application for tactile feedback keyboard

Apple files patent application for tactile feedback keyboard
Apple files patent application for tactile feedback keyboard



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


Kool. But I'm not an apple fan

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 07:49

3. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


me neither.

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 11:20

5. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I don't really care about the computer, but I know that if whatever they are planning to do with the iPhone is successful, you guys just have to wait a few months before all the touch screen phones in the market have it. So I guess you don't really have to be a fan considering how you benefit regardless.

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 11:56

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


en, if they patent the techonlogy (which they just have) noone else will have the tech unless apple liscences it out. im sure they eventually will, but not before making proper use of their exclusive rights to it :)

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 12:40

7. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


me neither

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 13:31

8. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Well one can always find ways to go around a patent. It probably won't be the same, but it can be very similar. Apple has an approved patent for the all famous, wanted, and talked about multitouch but many phones are getting it regardless. But who cares right now, this is just subjective thinking. I was just trying to point something out.

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 00:48

2. tuminatr (Posts: 635; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


hmmm looks like apple is gonna have something like the storm

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 10:04

4. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


I am thinking its more of an accessory for the iphone.

posted on 26 Dec 2009, 22:35

9. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


Why would Apple want to copy the Storm?

posted on 27 Dec 2009, 09:40

11. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Yea it's hard to imagine someone wanting to copy a failure...

posted on 27 Dec 2009, 13:16

12. madesina (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Oct 2008)


Obviously you don't get it. His comment was witty. And at the same time yea, it does sound something like what the storm had, feature-wise. And to add, I agree with what the other person said, anything Apple do, others will copy in due course, I'm sure. I'm using an HTC, I love it, will argue to the moon its better than an iPhone, but truly, I know when comparing speed and reliability on my phone to an iphone .. well.. i cant bring myself to say, but i know.

posted on 27 Dec 2009, 03:49

10. ssullere (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Dec 2009)


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