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10 Patented UI Gestures

As gesture-based UI becomes more ubiquitous, it is important to use patterns consistently while understanding the legal landscape surrounding their use. Following is an excerpt from an article by Annalee Newitz that demonstrates this well…

IO9 has put together a list of 10 UI gestures that are already allegedly covered by patents. Follow the link for all the details.

  1. Slide to unlock
  2. Multi-touch gestures for touchscreen or trackpad
  3. Drawing each letter of the alphabet using a single stroke of your pen
  4. Making hand gestures to move icons around on your phone
  5. Any set of personalized gestures you use to operate your Kinect
  6. Flicking your pen at something
  7. Shaking your mobile device
  8. Moving 3D objects in a virtual environment
  9. Two-handed motions
  10. Texting without lifting your fingers off the keyboard

Link: 10 physical gestures that have been patented (, via)

Jul 18th, 2011

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