Microsoft Patenting Multi-Screen, Multi-Touch Gestures

Microsoft is attempting to patent numerous touchscreen gestures seemed geared for tablets, many of which include bezel gestures and a dual-screen layout similar to the ill-fated Courier slate. Recently made viewable to the public, Microsoft applied for the patents back in February of 2010, but have yet to be granted. Below are all eight patents as described in their abstracts:

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."

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."

Multi-Sreen 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."

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."

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  • I rather MS than Apple have these since Apple is a lot more sue happy...
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  • IMO, Someone needs to stop this or patent the motion for blowing someone then force porn companies to pay you so they can put their content online without repercussions.

    Patenting motions to use devices is about the lowest form of patent that could be envisioned.

    This should fall under the same rules as a company trying to patent numbers.
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  • Patent this *middle finger*. While you're at it *mooning monitor*.
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  • IMO, Someone needs to stop this or patent the motion for blowing someone then force porn companies to pay you so they can put their content online without repercussions.

    Patenting motions to use devices is about the lowest form of patent that could be envisioned.

    This should fall under the same rules as a company trying to patent numbers.
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  • Patent this *middle finger*. While you're at it *mooning monitor*.
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  • JprobesIMO, Someone needs to stop this or patent the motion for blowing someone then force porn companies to pay you so they can put their content online without repercussions.Patenting motions to use devices is about the lowest form of patent that could be envisioned.This should fall under the same rules as a company trying to patent numbers.

    ^this, and aside from that I dont see how this can in any way be valid, since this can already be done with 1 screen. In a way itll be conflicting on the other patents.
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