Nokia applies for patent on 3D multi-touch interface that measures pressure of your touch

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Nokia applies for patent on 3D multi-touch interface that measures pressure of your touch
Nokia has been known to come up with some important ideas for mobile communications. Just ask Apple, whom Nokia has accused of infringing on 10 patents with each and every iPhone ever sold. Now the Finnish manufacturer has applied for a patent based on a new idea it has for multi-touch pressing on a touchscreen device. Sure, the diagram looks like a football play written out by Knute Rockne, but if you concentrate on what this does, you'll see that it looks like Nokia has a great idea. The concept is that the screen reacts not only to where you touch, but also reacts to how hard you press on the display. The combination of the capacitive screen and the force sensors will know in which direction you are moving your finger and the strength of the touch.

While it could be a long time before we see this technology in a new Nokia device, a harder press than normal could mean that a link is tapped on twice. Or a harder touch could simulate pressing the function key on the keyboard. The potential uses are almost limitless. Hey, you guys in Cupertino, make sure you get a copy of this application!

source: USPatent&TrademarkOffice via UnwiredView


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9 Comments

1. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Isn't this basically the same thing as the Storm's surepress? RIM should sue.

2. MTLance unregistered

LMAO, cellphone phones companies copying one another and suing each other.

4. kennyyu

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 25, 2009

Nothing like surepress. Sure press just makes you press the screen in for a click. This sounds like its measuring the pressure. If you read, the nokia idea is still a capacitive screen, just has a pressure monitor to see how hard you're pressing for different actions. Surepress ONLY takes action if the screen is pressed down for a click

6. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Actually thats not true, it is possible to navigate the menu and select icons without clicking it in, but you are correct in that is is different due to pressure sensitivity.

3. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

nokia is filing a patent, while they are suing apple for patent infringement. lol

5. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

What ever happened to nokias 3D multi-touch where it used motion sensors and "crosshair" markers on the screen to identify touch? That seemed like a good idea. Nokia files all these patents then doesn't follow through with any of them... WHERE IS MY NOKIA MORPH PHONE!

7. James Dang

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

All this case that your are mention in this topic , I think it's ok!! Not like Samsung Phone where they like to copy other phone from another manufacturer and just upgrade the phone. I saw one samsung phone I forget the index no of the phone look like Sony Ericsson K750i only with a big size. When Nokia is using the wide angle lance in their phone Nokia N86, the Samsung company copying that technology into their phone. That why you can see in Singapore and Malaysia, a lot of their people like to you Sony Ericcson and Nokia phone compare to the Samsung phone although how sofasticated the phone is. I think the patern is needed to avoiding the copycat of other manufacturer.

8. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

9. comnut unregistered

The BIG question is, can you use this while you are wearing gloves???? The phone may survive frostbite, but I cannot... :) - and it not just skiing that is the problem, but when someone calls, and you are doing the garden, doing the washing up, handling chemicals, etc...

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