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Derek Djons
February 12th, 2006, 12:22 PM
The following information has been posted on MacRumors.com (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2006/02/20060211144712.shtml):

With rumors of the possibility of a full Video iPod circulating over the past week, users have been putting together pieces of the puzzle.

Apple Gesture User Interface patent applications revealed last week showed a number of images demonstrating the use of virtual iPod-like click-wheel on a tablet interface. The patent images show examples of use with iTunes, iPhoto, Word Processing and iPod interfaces. This has led to a number of mockup images of what a full-screen Video iPod would look like.


http://guides.macrumors.com/images/1/1b/Ipod-next-step.jpghttp://guides.macrumors.com/images/7/78/Ipod-next-step-2.jpg
http://guides.macrumors.com/images/e/e3/Ipod-next-step-3.jpg

The same patent demonstres the use of gestures to perform basic operations, including panning over images as well as zooming in (zoom). A video demonstrating "Multi-Touch Interaction Experiments has been circulating that gives live demonstrations of such technology in the use of photo and map manipuation. The video has no association with Apple, but provides an impressive demonstration of the concepts behind the patent application.

Initial user reactions to the possibility of such a touch-intensive interface has drawn concerns about scratch problems which has been a point of contention with the iPod nano. Wired, however, discusses a new coating technology designed to protect such surfaces:

The wonder coatings also might make small video screens on electronic devices such as iPods and mobile phones more durable.
No real timeframe or even potential use by Apple is mentioned in the article, but does provide some interesting progress in a relevant technology.

Luffield
February 12th, 2006, 01:08 PM
Great stuff! I was very impressed with the video.
Shame they're patanting it, though.

Derek Djons
February 12th, 2006, 01:34 PM
I think the patanting has it's pros and cons in case of Apple.
I do believe in the freedom of sharing and choice. But if Apple would generously share it's specs and info a lot of other companies would've came up with also such devices, eventually killing Apple.

When it comes to hardware, I guess survival is much more difficult than software. Good (open source) software is appreciated and people wouldn't swap a fine working one with an 3rd party copied / edited one (unless it has very big pros). But in the hardware market people would rather look at the price.

Leo_01
February 13th, 2006, 02:09 PM
*yawn*
apple you can be smarter than coming put with a 6th gen Ipod.
what about the iphone?!