Friday, May 30, 2008

Engadget on "the iPhone patent" - (it's an application, guys)

http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/30/the-iphone-patent-steven-p-jobs-inventor/

Originally spotted by CellPassion: http://cellpassion.mobi/2008/05/29/apple-gets-iphone-patent-shows-off-gps-and-video-conferencing-modules.aspx


You can see it for yourself here: http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20080122796&OS=20080122796&RS=20080122796

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:at a computing device with a touch screen display,detecting one or more finger contacts with the touch screen display,applying one or more heuristics to the one or more finger contacts to determine a command for the device; andprocessing the command;wherein the one or more heuristics comprise:a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a one-dimensional vertical screen scrolling command;a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a two-dimensional screen translation command;a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a command to transition from a displaying a respective item in a set of items to displaying a next item in the set of items;a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a command to transition from displaying the respective item in a set of items to displaying a previous item in the set of items;a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a command to display a keyboard primarily comprising letters; anda heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a command to show a heads up display.

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