Gallery: 10 of the Best WWDC Moments

On March 29, 2011, in Industry News, by Seamus Bellamy

There are few events as influential in the Apple universe as the World Wide Developer Conference. Every year, the best and brightest minds in Mac and iOS software development come together at WWDC to network, sharing their talents, revealing new tech…

Patent Patrol: iPhone Stylus Input, Dynamic User Interfaces

On January 14, 2010, in Industry News, by J.R. Bookwalter

Touch-screen stylus patent
Images courtesy of AppleInsider

Apple has two new patent applications uncovered this week, with the company exploring a stylus for use on a touch-sensitive screen like the iPhone as well as a dynamic user interface for mobile devices.

AppleInsider is reporting
on two new Apple patent applications this week. First up is a patent for a stylus with a conductive tip, capable of being recognized by a touch panel such as the iPhone. If you recall, Steve Jobs himself was critical of the stylus when he introduced the iPhone in 2007, claiming that we’re all born with the “ultimate pointing device” — our finger.

“A metallic or otherwise conductive disk may be attached to one end of the stylus,” the application explains. “The disk may be sized so as to guarantee sufficient electrical interaction with at least one sensory element of the touch sensor panel.”

First submitted on July 11, 2008 and entitled “Stylus Adapted For Low Resolution Touch Sensor Panels,” it’s not quite clear what Apple would intend to use the patent for. The application also outlines the option of a powered stylus capable of providing a stimulus signal to the capacitive touch screen, better emulating the response of a human finger.
Dynamic GUI patent
The second patent, “Multi-Model Modes of One Device,” would allow future portable devices to have different input methods and user interfaces depending upon where they are located.

As AppleInsider notes, using the device in the car or in the gym could show a different design on the screen. Such devices could also be controlled in a different way when they are docked and less portable.

“Each mode may define different features and content that are customized for a particular mode,” the application explains. “Based a selected mode, the media player may provide access to only content, features, hardware, user interface elements, and the like that the user wishes to have access to when the mode is enabled. The media player may provide the user different experiences, looks, and feels for each mode.”

The goal of the patent is to provide a “cleaner, more focused user experience,” allowing users to customize each of the different GUIs available to them. It was first submitted on Sept. 9, 2008.

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