Recent Apple Patents Being Demonstrated

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    Uh... I'll take two, please. That is pretty slick. Not sure how much of a proof of concept it is for the patent (although it does seem to follow what the patent was talking about) but regardless it's rather incredible to see how this might work.

    the page at http://mrl.nyu.edu/~jhan/ftirtouch/ explains it a bit more than the worldofapple article, and I would have initially linked directly to it, but the WOA page loaded a LOT faster.
     
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    WOW.

    Is that a Dock at the top of the screen when he's focusing in on Boston?
     
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    Looks amazing :) as a designer, the whole physical interaction and manipulation process is something that I miss deeply when working digitally. :(
     
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    I have no idea how that video is apple related. i have no idea what its for. But... IT'S PRETTY DAMN COOL!
     
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    The patent for the touchscreen and interaction UI is submited/owned by Apple Computer Inc.
     
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    So, is this group devolping it for them? I'm confused. It was submited by apple. but this video isnt from Apple. Hence my confusion.
     
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    I couldnt really tell. it looked "dock-like" but I'm not sure. IT seemed like a part of the program they were using.
     
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    Jefferson Han has a patent application of his own for this technology. This is not the Apple stuff.
     
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    Well, Apple holds a buncha patents for a buncha things that have never made it into a computer.

    I think in this case, we might be seeing an flash of the future of interactive computing. And though Apple may not be who brings it to us, anyone who does might have to pay $ to Apple for the rights to the patent if it's anything along the lines of what we're seeing.
     
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    That's incredible. I too noticed the 'dock-like' thing at the top of the screen.

    iWant!
     
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    That's a big tablet! :D

    Now, just to be clear, this video is nothing to do with Apple, right? I can't get the source page to load (bogged down).

    It does show some things like the pinch-zoom seen in Apple patents, but that could just be coincidence I assume.

    FWIW, that font appears to be Gill Sans, not Lucida Grande :)

    (EDIT: does that World of Apple site have a 158k favicon... that doesn't appear in Safari?)
     
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    I guess it could have just been a toolbar for whatever app he/she was using at the time. But it sure looked Dock-like.
     
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    Yeah, how much is that LCD screen and touchscreen overlay (imbedded?)

    thats the real neat thing to me. make that affordable, the interface comes.
     
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    Want one, want one of those badly :D
     
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    That's one of the neat parts of this technology, there is no overlay. It's all done using a single conventional camera.
     
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    A single camera?? WOW. How does it deal with the possibility of it's view being blocked by hamhands and whatnot, I wonder?
     
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    From behind with a beam splitter, just like a microscope. That seems to be the magic, comparing the original image with the reflection of the projected image modified by fingers.
     
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    That's incredible. I truely hope this type of interaction becomes available for use in my lifetime (at an affordable price).
    Of coruse, then I might actually have to learn how to type properly. NoOOOOoOOOooooooOOooooo........!!
     
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    Below is the text of the first page. Hopefully that will help.
    No LCD. It's a rear-projection display. With a camera on the back-side of the surface to detect pressure from fingers.
     
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    Thanks for the text.

    I'm seeing a lot of fun things, and some really useful ones (like the zooming and panning) too.

    I also just realized that even the mirrored video won't fully load. I'll try at a lower-traffic time to view the ending!
     
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    so the way it is basically makes it for Starship Enterprise stand in front of and use fingers on it kind of thing, and not a portable device?
     
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    With a different method of detecting your fingers, it could be portable. Apple's patents show portable devices, and laptop trackpads can already detect multiple contact points in a limited way.
     
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    That's simply amazing!!

    I can't help but wonder how often one would have to clean it though.
    And the cost..
     
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    You would only need to clean it regularly if you were touching it with your bare hands (sweat and greese) . Perhaps in the future (just like in the past) we'll all be required to wear white gloves when using the computer ;)
     

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