Saturday, July 09, 2011

Apple investigating "physics metaphors" for iOS interfacing

As multitouch gesturing matures on smartphones and tablets (well, iPhones and iPads anyway), computer manufacturers are running out of simple options. Click, drag, tap, double-tap, two-finger drag, expand, pinch, rotate... the low-hanging fruit is fairly well picked.

Apple is filing patents on gestures like flicking and pouring--gestures based on physics metaphors--as multitouch devices move forward.

Full details and diagrams at AppleInsider.

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