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Gridlogics Technology Insight Report - Touch Technology

Gridlogics Technology Insight Report - Touch Technology

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Touch based technology has been around for decades now but only in the recent years with the iPhone, touch screens and more has it really made an impact on the world. This Technology Insight Report reveals some interesting insights into touch technology through the patent filings and IP analysis answering some key questions around this technology that's as popular as ever and shows no signs of decline
Touch based technology has been around for decades now but only in the recent years with the iPhone, touch screens and more has it really made an impact on the world. This Technology Insight Report reveals some interesting insights into touch technology through the patent filings and IP analysis answering some key questions around this technology that's as popular as ever and shows no signs of decline

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Technology Insight Report
Multi-Touch Technology
We
 
have
 
seen
 
it
 
before
 
in
 
movies
 
such
 
as
 
Minority
 
Report,
 
The
 
Island,
 
Quantum
 
of 
 
Solace
 
and
 
Avatar
 
and
 
marveled
 
at
 
the
 
thought
 
of 
 
using
 
our
 
fingers
 
to
 
manage
 
our
 
information
 
needs.
 
Touch
 
technology
 
has
 
existed
 
for
 
decades
 
now
 
but
 
2009
 
and
 
2010
 
have
 
seen
 
this
 
technology
 
emerge
 
like
 
never
 
before
 
and
 
pose
 
a
 
serious
 
threat
 
to
 
the
 
keyboard,
 
the
 
mouse
 
and
 
computing
 
as
 
we
 
know
 
it.
 
From
 
multi
touch
 
phones,
 
tablet
 
pc’s,
 
information
 
kiosks,
 
GPS
 
devices,
 
monitors,
 
e
book
 
readers
 
to
 
 just
 
about
 
anything
 
which
 
is
 
making
 
waves
 
with
 
consumers
 
around
 
the
 
world,
 
the
 
chances
 
are
 
multi
touch
 
technology
 
is
 
playing
 
a
 
key
 
role
 
in
 
its
 
success.
 
 © 2010 Gridlogics. All Rights Reserved.Patent iNSIGHT Pro™ is a trademark of Gridlogics Technologies Pvt Ltd.
 
 
Overview
 
Introduction to Multi-Touch
Multi-touch
 
is
 
a
 
method
 
of 
 
interacting
 
with
 
a
 
computer
 
screen
 
or
 
smart
 
phone.
 
Instead
 
of 
 
using
 
a
 
mouse
 
or
 
stylus
 
pen,
 
multi
touch
 
allows
 
the
 
user
 
to
 
interact
 
with
 
the
 
device
 
by
 
placing
 
two
 
or
 
more
 
fingers
 
directly
 
onto
 
the
 
surface
 
of 
 
the
 
screen.
 
The
 
movement
 
of 
 
the
 
fingers
 
across
 
the
 
screen
 
creates
 
gestures,
 
which
 
send
 
commands
 
to
 
the
 
device.
 
Multi
touch
 
has
 
been
 
implemented
 
in
 
several
 
different
 
ways,
 
depending
 
on
 
the
 
size
 
and
 
type
 
of 
 
interface.
 
Both
 
touch
tables
 
and
 
touch
 
walls
 
project
 
an
 
image
 
through
 
acrylic
 
or
 
glass,
 
and
 
then
 
backlight
 
the
 
image
 
with
 
LED's.
 
When
 
a
 
finger
 
or
 
an
 
object
 
touches
 
the
 
surface,
 
causing
 
the
 
light
 
to
 
scatter,
 
the
 
reflection
 
is
 
caught
 
with
 
sensors
 
or
 
cameras
 
that
 
send
 
the
 
data
 
to
 
software
 
which
 
dictates
 
response
 
to
 
the
 
touch,
 
depending
 
on
 
the
 
type
 
of 
 
reflection
 
measured.
 
Touch
 
surfaces
 
can
 
also
 
be
 
made
 
pressure
sensitive
 
by
 
the
 
addition
 
of 
 
a
 
pressure
sensitive
 
coating
 
that
 
flexes
 
differently
 
depending
 
on
 
how
 
firmly
 
it
 
is
 
pressed,
 
altering
 
the
 
reflection.
 
Handheld
 
technologies
 
use
 
a
 
panel
 
that
 
carries
 
an
 
electrical
 
charge.
 
When
 
a
 
finger
 
touches
 
the
 
screen,
 
the
 
touch
 
disrupts
 
the
 
panel's
 
electrical
 
field.
 
The
 
disruption
 
is
 
registered
 
and
 
sent
 
to
 
the
 
software,
 
which
 
then
 
initiates
 
a
 
response
 
to
 
the
 
gesture.
 
In
 
the
 
past
 
few
 
years,
 
several
 
companies
 
have
 
released
 
products
 
that
 
use
 
multi
touch.
 
In
 
an
 
attempt
 
to
 
make
 
the
 
expensive
 
technology
 
more
 
accessible,
 
hobbyists
 
have
 
also
 
published
 
methods
 
of 
 
constructing
 
DIY
 
touch
screens.
 
The
 
term
 
multi
touch
 
is
 
a
 
trademark
 
of 
 
Apple
 
Inc.
 
Source: Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-touch
 
Food
 
For
 
Thought
 
Bill
 
Buxton,
 
a
 
principal
 
researcher
 
at
 
Microsoft,
 
has
 
been
 
studying
 
touch
 
technology
 
since
 
the
 
1980s.
 
In
 
a
 
recent
 
paper
 
entitled
 
'Multi
Touch
 
Systems
 
that
 
I
 
have
 
known
 
and
 
loved'
 
he
 
dismissed
 
the
 
idea
 
that
 
touch
 
technology
 
would
 
kill
 
off 
 
the
 
mouse.
 
"Those
 
who
 
try
 
to
 
replace
 
the
 
mouse
 
play
 
a
 
fool's
 
game.
 
The
 
mouse
 
is
 
great
 
for
 
many
 
things,
 
 just
 
not
 
everything.
 
The
 
challenge
 
with
 
new
 
input
 
is
 
to
 
find
 
devices
 
that
 
work
 
together
 
with
 
the
 
mouse
 
(such
 
as
 
in
 
the
 
other
 
hand),
 
or
 
things
 
that
 
are
 
strong
 
where
 
the
 
mouse
 
is
 
weak,"
 
he
 
wrote.
 
HP's
 
Crampton
 
sees
 
the
 
TouchSmart
 
PC
 
and
 
others
 
as
 
opening
 
the
 
door
 
for
 
software
 
developers
 
to
 
start
 
using
 
touch
 
in
 
their
 
designs.
 
He
 
is
 
sure
 
the
 
technology
 
has
 
come
 
of 
 
age.
 
"I
 
think
 
touch
 
technology
 
will
 
come
 
to
 
dominate
 
the
 
home
 
computing
 
environment
 
within
 
three
 
to
 
five
 
years,"
 
he
 
said.
 
 © 2010 Gridlogics. All Rights Reserved.Patent iNSIGHT Pro™ is a trademark of Gridlogics Technologies Pvt Ltd.
 
 
A Brief History of Touch Technology
The
 
use
 
of 
 
touch
 
technology
 
to
 
control
 
electronic
 
devices
 
predates
 
the
 
personal
 
computer.
 
Early
 
synthesizer
 
and
 
electronic
 
instrument
 
builders
 
like
 
Hugh
 
Le
 
Caine
 
and
 
Bob
 
Moog
 
experimented
 
with
 
using
 
touch
sensitive
 
capacitance
 
sensors
 
to
 
control
 
the
 
sounds
 
made
 
by
 
their
 
instruments.IBM
 
began
 
building
 
the
 
first
 
touch
 
screens
 
in
 
the
 
late
 
'60's,
 
and,
 
in
 
1972,
 
released
 
the
 
PLATO
 
IV
 
computer,
 
a
 
terminal
 
used
 
for
 
educational
 
purposes
 
that
 
employed
 
single
touch
 
points
 
in
 
a
 
16x16
 
array
 
as
 
its
 
user
 
interface.
 
Evolution
 
of 
 
Touch
 
Technology
 
Multi
touch
 
technology
 
began
 
in
 
1982,
 
when
 
the
 
University
 
of 
 
Toronto's
 
Input
 
Research
 
Group
 
developed
 
the
 
first
 
human
input
 
multi
touch
 
system.
 
The
 
system
 
used
 
a
 
frosted
glass
 
panel
 
with
 
a
 
camera
 
placed
 
behind
 
the
 
glass.
 
When
 
a
 
finger
 
or
 
several
 
fingers
 
pressed
 
on
 
the
 
glass,
 
the
 
camera
 
would
 
detect
 
the
 
action
 
as
 
one
 
or
 
more
 
black
 
spots
 
on
 
an
 
otherwise
 
white
 
background,
 
allowing
 
it
 
to
 
be
 
registered
 
as
 
an
 
input.
 
Since
 
the
 
size
 
of 
 
a
 
dot
 
was
 
dependent
 
on
 
pressure
 
(how
 
hard
 
the
 
person
 
was
 
pressing
 
on
 
the
 
glass),
 
the
 
system
 
was
 
somewhat
 
pressure
sensitive
 
as
 
well.
 
IBM’s
 
Plato
 
IV
 
1972
 
In
 
1983,
 
Bell
 
Labs
 
at
 
Murray
 
Hill
 
published
 
a
 
comprehensive
 
discussion
 
of 
 
touch
screen
 
based
 
interfaces.
 
In
 
1984,
 
Bell
 
Labs
 
engineered
 
a
 
touch
 
screen
 
that
 
could
 
change
 
images
 
with
 
more
 
than
 
one
 
hand.
 
In
 
1985,
 
the
 
University
 
of 
 
Toronto
 
group
 
including
 
Bill
 
Buxton
 
developed
 
a
 
multi
touch
 
tablet
 
that
 
used
 
capacitance
 
rather
 
than
 
bulky
 
camera
based
 
optical
 
sensing
 
systems.
 
A
 
breakthrough
 
occurred
 
in
 
1991,
 
when
 
Pierre
 
Wellner
 
published
 
a
 
paper
 
on
 
his
 
multi
touch
 
“Digital
 
Desk”,
 
which
 
supported
 
multi
finger
 
and
 
pinching
 
motions.
 
Touch
 
Screens
 
Various
 
companies
 
expanded
 
upon
 
these
 
inventions
 
in
 
the
 
beginning
 
of 
 
the
 
twenty
first
 
century.
 
Mainstream
 
exposure
 
to
 
multi
touch
 
technology
 
occurred
 
in
 
the
 
year
 
2007,
 
when
 
Microsoft
 
released
 
its
 
Microsoft
 
Surface
 
and
 
Apple
 
unveiled
 
the
 
iPhone.
 
Small
scale
 
touch
 
devices
 
are
 
rapidly
 
becoming
 
commonplace,
 
with
 
the
 
amount
 
of 
 
touch
 
screen
 
telephones
 
expected
 
to
 
increase
 
from
 
200,000
 
shipped
 
in
 
2006
 
to
 
21
 
million
 
in
 
2012.
 
More
 
robust
 
and
 
customizable
 
multi
touch
 
and
 
gesture
based
 
solutions
 
are
 
beginning
 
to
 
become
 
available,
 
with
 
interfaces
 
that
 
register
 
multiple
 
touch
points
 
and
 
gestures.
 
Source: Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-touch
Multi
 
Touch
 
 © 2010 Gridlogics. All Rights Reserved.Patent iNSIGHT Pro™ is a trademark of Gridlogics Technologies Pvt Ltd.

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