Talk today is of the latest patent application made by Apple for a ‘multi-touch contact motion extraction‘ system where two hands and ten fingers can be used on screen simultaneously to type and make gestures.
Move over iPod touch, where do I sign up for Apple Tablet Fans?
Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.
It’s suggested the Apple Tablet won’t appear until ‘early 2010′. So start saving now as I doubt it will come cheap!