Google files patent for back panel touch controls
posted by Michael H. / Mar 08, 2013, 9:13 PM
The patent application is basically for the touch panel that you'd find on the back of a PlayStation Vita.Before we even bother to explain the text of the patent application, we'll describe it in terms of "prior art", that silly devil that is supposed to invalidate patent applications, but often doesn't for some small reason.
Of course, it's possible that this patent will be found "unique" because Google's application is for a touch panel on the back of an Android smartphone or tablet, that will allow you to perform various functions (turning an ebook page, media controls, etc), and more importantly can distinguish between normal holding contact and touches intended to control the device or app (which sounds similar to Apple's iPad mini thin bezel tech.)
Not surprisingly, Apple filed a similar patent back in 2006, before the iPhone even existed, but that patent was never approved, so maybe the USPTO won't bother with this one either (fingers crossed!)
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Aww....now google is also going the apple way
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 9:19 PM 1
Apple uses patent too stomp competition and sue others.
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 9:20 PM 21
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As long as Google doesn't abuse this patent, I'm cool with it. It might have just been a "I'll patent this before Apple does" move, to protect Android from more Apple lawsuits over things Apple didn't invent.
posted on Mar 10, 2013, 10:22 AM 1
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while google uses it to just stay without being sued by i-diots
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 9:56 PM 23
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It sure was a serious comment so you are right it wasn't funny nor clever. Perhaps you never realized (oh do BOTS ever realize anything?) that you made a wise statement going against your "1 Infinite Loop"
posted on Mar 09, 2013, 12:36 AM 4
Too bad the Sony already has something like this with the ps vita,
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 10:18 PM 2
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Err...yes, we read the article on which you're posting your comment. But let's face it, PS vita aint a phone nor a tablet, it's a GAMING CONSOLE (in case you don't know /s). This is a nice idea, however, i don't see a practical use of this if the device is touch enabled. Don't you people think so?
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 11:57 PM 4
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I have the Vita, and while the back touch controls capability hasn't been leveraged to it's full potential there are more opportunities for use in mobile devices. Still, that can complicate things with cover manufacturers and people who feel like they want/need a case for their phone. If the back-touch controls become optional, then many won't adopt it and it'll become forgotten and underutilized. Also, I imagine swiping and making gestures on the back of the phone could make your grip unwieldy. Unless they do combo gestures with the front and back so you don't get too loosey with your grip.
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 9:39 PM 0
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Did everyone just forget that the playstation vita already has this?
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 10:16 PM 1
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What a worthless biased article.
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 11:39 PM 0
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How many people will have sore fingers using this sh!t... From mostly all the video I've seen, the person had to squeeze the phone so hard, that you could see the straining in his hand... Just to flip the page or something... I'd hardly use this. Just my opinion.
posted on Mar 09, 2013, 12:09 AM 0
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So now Google joins the fray/ Looks like they are preparing to be next Patent Trolls when their earnings fall. Come thumb me down kids :)
posted on Mar 09, 2013, 12:37 AM 0
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I dont see how this is preparing them to be patent trolls. Its odd tho since the Vita has back controls tho. I think a tablet from a few years ago had it too. What one does with the patents determines if they are or attempting to be patent trolls.
posted on Mar 09, 2013, 7:01 AM 0
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