Microsoft Awarded With Patents On Gestures Supported On Windows 8

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Off-Screen Gestures to Create On-Screen Input

Bezel gestures for touch displays are described. In at least some embodiments, the bezel of a device is used to extend functionality that is accessible through the use of so-called bezel gestures. In at least some embodiments, off-screen motion can be used, by virtue of the bezel, to create screen input through a bezel gesture. Bezel gestures can include single-finger bezel gestures, multiple-finger/same-hand bezel gestures, and/or multiple-finger, different-hand bezel gestures.

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MULTI-SCREEN DUAL TAP GESTURE

Embodiments of a multi-screen dual tap gesture are described. In various embodiments, a first tap input to a displayed object is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system. A second tap input to the displayed object is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system, and the second tap input is recognized approximately when the first tap input is recognized. A dual tap gesture can then be determined from the recognized first and second tap inputs.

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MULTI-SCREEN PINCH AND EXPAND GESTURES

Embodiments of multi-screen pinch and expand gestures are described. In various embodiments, a first input is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system, and the first input includes a first motion input. A second input is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system, and the second input includes a second motion input. A pinch gesture or an expand gesture can then be determined from the first and second motion inputs that are associated with the recognized first and second inputs.

MULTI-SCREEN BOOKMARK HOLD GESTURE

Embodiments of a multi-screen bookmark hold gesture are described. In various embodiments, a hold input is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system, and the hold input is recognized when held in place proximate an edge of a journal page that is displayed on the first screen. A motion input is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system while the hold input remains held in place. A bookmark hold gesture can then be determined from the recognized hold and motion inputs, and the bookmark hold gesture is effective to bookmark the journal page at a location of the hold input on the first screen.

MULTI-SCREEN HOLD AND PAGE-FLIP GESTURE

Embodiments of a multi-screen hold and page-flip gesture are described. In various embodiments, a hold input is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system, and the hold input is recognized when held to select a journal page that is displayed on the first screen. A motion input is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system, and the motion input is recognized while the hold input remains held in place. A hold and page-flip gesture can then be determined from the recognized hold and motion inputs, and the hold and page-flip gesture is effective to maintain the display of the journal page while one or more additional journal pages are flipped for display on the second screen.

MULTI-SCREEN HOLD AND TAP GESTURE

Embodiments of a multi-screen hold and tap gesture are described. In various embodiments, a hold input is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system, and the hold input is recognized when held to select a displayed object on the first screen. A tap input is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system, and the tap input is recognized when the displayed object continues being selected. A hold and tap gesture can then be determined from the recognized hold and tap inputs.

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Multi-Finger Gestures

Bezel gestures for touch displays are described. In at least some embodiments, the bezel of a device is used to extend functionality that is accessible through the use of so-called bezel gestures. In at least some embodiments, off-screen motion can be used, by virtue of the bezel, to create screen input through a bezel gesture. Bezel gestures can include single-finger bezel gestures, multiple-finger/same-hand bezel gestures, and/or multiple-finger, different-hand bezel gestures.

RADIAL MENUS WITH BEZEL GESTURES

Bezel gestures for touch displays are described. In at least some embodiments, the bezel of a device is used to extend functionality that is accessible through the use of so-called bezel gestures. In at least some embodiments, off-screen motion can be used, by virtue of the bezel, to create screen input through a bezel gesture. Bezel gestures can include single-finger bezel gestures, multiple-finger/same-hand bezel gestures, and/or multiple-finger, different-hand bezel gestures.

Update: The patents listed above are not granted to Microsoft still, they were just made public. Thanks to Robert Anhalt for the info.



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  • Guest

    These are not patents.  They are applications.  Anyone can apply for anything.  They will now need to survive patent office review and publication for opposition. 

    • http://pradeepviswav.blogspot.com pradeep

      FYI, these patents were filed by Microsoft in feb 2010 and got approved today.

  • Guest

    Lol, except the USPO will grant patents for anything.

  • Anonymous

    Ridiculous. It shouldn´t be legal to patent something as basic as this. This is surely set in motion by Apple´s patent-mania.

  • Garbage23

    You see how the word “awarded” is in the headline? That is because they were, in fact, already awarded. (read approved) I can’t really fault MS, Apple, or Google for filing these things. It’s basically a corporate level CYA decision. The fact the USPO will award these kinds of patents is the underlying problem.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t Nokia already have some patents for off screen gestures – as embodied on their N900 Maemo phone?

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t Nokia already have some patents for off screen gestures – as embodied on their N900 Maemo phone?

  • Fuck@microsoft.com

    microsoft is a troll patent! Biggest on the world!