Friday, December 26, 2008

Apple's patent application suggest new multi-touch gestures for iPhone keyboard

US20080316183 iphone keyboard patent

[A block diagram of an exemplary swipe recognition system]

New iPhone may have additional touch gestures for its onscreen virtual keyboard, according to Apple's new patent application.









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Link: MacDailyNews

Patent: US20080316183

Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for interpreting manual swipe gestures as input in connection with touch-sensitive user interfaces that include virtual keyboards are disclosed herein. These allow for a user entering text using the virtual keyboard to perform certain functions using swipes across the key area rather than tapping particular keys. For example, leftward, rightward, upward, and downward swipes can be assigned to inserting a space, backspacing, shifting (as for typing capital letters), and inserting a carriage return and/or new line. Various other mappings are also described. The described techniques can be used in conjunction with a variety of devices, including handheld devices that include touch-screen interfaces, such as desktop computers, tablet computers, notebook computers, handheld computers, personal digital assistants, media players, mobile telephones, and combinations thereof.

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