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New Apple patent application allows swipes starting or ending off-screen to be counted as an input

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New Apple patent application allows swipes starting or ending off-screen to be counted as an input
Apple has filed a patent application with the USPTO for "Gesture and touch input detection through force sensing". This technology is for a touchscreen, similar to the one found on the Apple iPhone, but adds three or four force sensors underneath the surface of the glass. These can be placed in areas of the touchscreen that users can't see, such as underneath the bezel area.

Each sensor can determine varying pressure values. In other words, the sensors can determine how hard the user is pushing down on the glass. And when the user presses down on one sensor, the other sensors go off as though they were touched with less force than the sensor that actually received the input. That helps the sensors determine the point of origin. The system can even know when a swipe or gesture started off-screen. That is important because currently, a swipe left or right from the edge of the screen might not register

Deploying the sensors on off-screen buttons can allow more of the the screen to be used to display things. This patent differs from one revealed back in November that dealt with force sensors being placed under the glass of a touchscreen. That patent covered a method for determining how hard the screen was being touched, while this patent covers a system for determining where that touch is coming from.


source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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posted on 30 Jan 2014, 08:53

1. nothingmuch (Posts: 174; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Now that would be cool if the force sensor was sensitive enough to be a letter scale

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 11:57 2

6. Finalflash (Posts: 1772; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


U know who will bust a nut for force sensing on iPhones ... Darkjedii

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 08:56 4

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2129; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


done before

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 09:11 1

3. Sauce (unregistered)


Yup, on my old iPhone back on iOS 2. Yawn

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 10:37

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Eh NO

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 03:55

10. Sauce (unregistered)


Educate yourself

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 05:32

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


The iPhone doesn't have pressure sensor

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 05:42

12. Sauce (unregistered)


I understand that, but there was/is a very similar method to this. Instead of pressure, there are/is duration and speed, used for the exact purpose. Obviously pressure is better, and obviously the iPhone does not posses this feature, but the reason of the feature has been around a while but in a different form. Anyway, f*ck Apple and their patenting, but it is what it is, unfortuneately.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 07:08

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Actually IOS (at least younger than 6 ) did not have any ways of measuring pressure at all, many aren't even apples implementatuoins, but developers workaround using multi touch, so measure the thickness of the finger when Touching it.

A pressure sensor can be found on the notes Spen, as it was developed to measure how much stregh is applied to it, this patent just moves the location of the pressure sensor to the device itself

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 09:17 1

4. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


Agreed if they win this patent it will be a mochary of the patent system.

Every device maker is improving on its own devices with sensors.
To file a patent to say I want to be allowed to dictate where other device manufactures can place a sensor in a device and their usefulness is dumb.

I agree with nothingmuch also.
If it does something never recorded like recognize letters then ok. But as far as the amount of pressure_ No... Other products have that technology already.
A good example is electric keboards the harder you hit a key the louder the note

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 13:11

8. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


That's not a good example, it's an awful one. Pressure sensitivity on keyboards is not prior art for a specific kind of pressure sensitivity on a touch screen, along with other features that make the patent unique.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 13:07 1

7. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Stupid. This is like trying to patent the rubber tire after it had been in use for a couple of decades.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 13:12

9. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


So where exactly has this been "in use for a couple decades" then?

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