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Old Jan 11, 2010, 02:58 PM   #1
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Fingerworks.com Content Pulled Ahead of Apple Tablet Announcement



The content of Fingerworks.com has been removed this week after remaining online for nearly 5 years after the acquisition of the company by Apple. The removal seems to correspond with the impending announcement of an Apple tablet later this month. One possible explanation is that Apple will finally be implementing many of the same advanced multi-touch keyboard gestures that were originally pioneered by Fingerworks.




Up until last week, Fingerworks.com retained photographs and details about their multi-touch keyboards and gesture pads they released for Macs years ago. In fact an old press release describes the benefits of their Multi-Touch system in a combination keyboard/touchpad:
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The MacNTouch Gesture Keyboard is a complete user interface that serves as mouse, standard keyboard, and powerful multi-finger gesture interpreter. Mouse operations like point, click, drag, scroll, and zoom are combined seamlessly with touch-typing and multi-finger gesture everywhere on the MacNTouch's surface.
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People are amazed by all the things a hand gesture user interface provides. We have a large number of easy- to-use gestures that cover just about every common computer operation. Users don't have to reach for hot-keys because gestures are faster and easier to do.


It's been widely expected that this sort of all purpose multi-touch interface will be offered in Apple's upcoming tablet. Wayne Westerman who was one of the founders of Fingerworks has since been the author of many multi-touch patent applications from Apple, including advanced gesturing implementations for Mac OS X.

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Old Jan 11, 2010, 03:00 PM   #2
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Looks like its coming then, too many coincidences for it not too be true.
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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This thing is truly going to be amazing.....If it really does come true, i will most certainly buy one....
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 03:02 PM   #4
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The content is more than is removed. The domain is now parked by Delaware.net
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 03:04 PM   #5
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would love to see what comes out of this massive hype towards slate computing these days, especially wrt Apple's tablet project.
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 03:05 PM   #7
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We will find out in 2 weeks.
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 03:06 PM   #8
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Check out archive.org and you can find previous stored content from this site.

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.fingerworks.com
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 03:09 PM   #10
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Gestures with multitouch is obvious, but the most interesting thing to me is how they're going to deal with text input. That's where they really need to figure out something new and radical, and a big reason why other tablets have all failed. If the world was willing to break out of the QWERTY box (and the two-handed typing box as well, perhaps), it opens up a lot of possibilities, but that's so entrenched I don't know if it's possible.
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 03:11 PM   #11
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Interesting!

I'm still not convinced this would be viable for heavy duty input on a tablet. I guess we will know in a few days.

Looking at those old pictures does make one wonder just what this tablet will look like. That is will it be a rectangular tablet or something more unusual. Maybe not a tablet at all.

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Old Jan 11, 2010, 03:12 PM   #12
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Well, duh. Clearly that thing IS the new Apple tablet.

You use it by putting on a Nintendo Power Glove and then you have everything you need. Throw away that iPhone!
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 03:12 PM   #13
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Apple FEB 220 call is trading with a IV of 35.54 which way above HV.

This is very bullish for an Apple Tablet announcement. such high IV indicates that Apple tablet is imminent.
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 03:15 PM   #14
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Did they actually sell any of these?
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Gestures with multitouch is obvious, but the most interesting thing to me is how they're going to deal with text input. That's where they really need to figure out something new and radical, and a big reason why other tablets have all failed. If the world was willing to break out of the QWERTY box (and the two-handed typing box as well, perhaps), it opens up a lot of possibilities, but that's so entrenched I don't know if it's possible.
There's going to have to be a standard when it comes to gestures across software/hardware vendors. Think of it by having keyboards from Apple, Dell, HP, Sony, etc all with different key layouts.
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I own the fingerworks gesture pad you see there in the second picture. There is no way I will ever....EVER give that device up. It has helped reduce my repetitve stress injuries from using all those old fashioned, primitive input devices over the years. I'm sure many other owners would agree. In fact, since fingerworks has been acquired and effectively been put out of business, the only way to obtain one of the original fingerworks pads is to buy them from ebay. But even the used ones are fetching for over $500.00 for what was originally a $99 product.

Multi-Touch on the iphone is NOTHING compared to what can be done if we had a product with a larger surface area.
As for me, who cares about any learning curve? I've BEEN prepared. Bring on the gestures!

Trust me, any "learning curve" will be totally worth it to gain the ease of usability that such devices provide.

The google phone launch is over. CES is over.

Now it's time for the REAL show!!

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We should get a small hint tomorrow or wednesday with a invite from apple to the media..don't the generally send out invites 2wks before the event?
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Gestures with multitouch is obvious, but the most interesting thing to me is how they're going to deal with text input. That's where they really need to figure out something new and radical, and a big reason why other tablets have all failed. If the world was willing to break out of the QWERTY box (and the two-handed typing box as well, perhaps), it opens up a lot of possibilities, but that's so entrenched I don't know if it's possible.
CHORD-based input of text is an obvious solution. It enables one-handed text input, is not dependent on having your hand positioned exactly w.r.t. a visual on the screen (eg. it could determine a baseline position and orientation from where your palm contacts the screen and place the 'keys' relative to that), and once you learn it it can be faster than QUERTY.
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Did they actually sell any of these?
I may be wrong, but I don't think Fingerworks existed to really sell the products very much. They developed technology and made devices to show off that tech, but I think their point was to sell their inventions to other companies, not to make much money from their own devices.
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I think this has nothing to do with the tablet.
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Did they actually sell any of these?
I had a Touchstream LP I bought from Amazon before Apple bought them out. I returned it however because I did not like the smooth surface of the pad that gave you no tactile feedback like a normal keyboard.
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CHORD-based input of text is an obvious solution. It enables one-handed text input, is not dependent on having your hand positioned exactly w.r.t. a visual on the screen (eg. it could determine a baseline position and orientation from where your palm contacts the screen and place the 'keys' relative to that), and once you learn it it can be faster than QUERTY.
I had one of those chord keyboards (I have carpal tunnel), and found it very hard to use even after several months. I doubt Apple would foist this on the general public.
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CHORD-based input of text is an obvious solution. It enables one-handed text input, is not dependent on having your hand positioned exactly w.r.t. a visual on the screen (eg. it could determine a baseline position and orientation from where your palm contacts the screen and place the 'keys' relative to that), and once you learn it it can be faster than QUERTY.
Right, something like that is what I'm talking about...but once you have the method down, the larger problem is, how do you convince the world to accept and put in time learning an entirely new typing method? Or maybe you leave a QWERTY option for folks who aren't willing, but how do you convince enough people to really get a standard rolling? Things like Dvorak keyboards were a great idea, but they never caught on in a mass way and are still oddities.
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I think this has nothing to do with the tablet.
Could it be that they just forgot about it and the domain registration expired?

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