In the last year Microsoft has been very busy working on new ways to control future Surface tablets and Windows smartphones. Microsoft has worked on "Omni-Spatial Gesturing," "Air Gesturing," and Multi-Touch-Movement gesturing for smartphones and now tablets. All of Microsoft's patent pending inventions stem from a new gesturing brain or system that they refer to as the "Interpretation and Behavior Selection Module" (IBSM). In Microsoft's latest patent they drill deeper into new multi-touch-movement gestures for tablets for backside device controls and more.
Microsoft Expands Upon their Multi-Touch-Movement (MTM) Gesture Invention
Microsoft's first in-depth patent on "Multi-Touch-Movement" gestures was first covered in a Patent Bolt report published in July. If you want to understand Microsoft's vision for this aspect of their IBSM system, then you should refer back to our initial report for added details.
In respect to Microsoft's expanded work on multi-touch-movement gestures, they state that in one implementation, the functionality operates by receiving touch input information from at least one touch input mechanism in response to a user touching the computing device.
The functionality also receives movement input information from at least one movement input mechanism in response to movement of the computing device. The functionality then determines whether the touch input information and the movement input information indicate that a user has performed or is performing a multi-touch-movement (MTM) gesture.
In some cases, the user performs an MTM gesture by grasping the computing device with two hands and establishing contact with one or more surfaces of the computing device with those hands. The user then moves the computing device in a prescribed path, and/or to achieve a prescribed static posture. For example, the MTM gesture can be defined with respect to any type of tilting, flipping, pivoting, twisting, sliding, shaking, vibrating, and/or tapping motion.
The functionality can invoke any behavior in response to determining that the user has performed (or is performing) an MTM gesture. More specifically, in one case, the functionality performs the behavior after a discrete gesture has been performed. In another case, the functionality performs the behavior over the course of the gesture, once it is determined that the gesture is being performed. In one case, the functionality can modify a view in response to determining that the user has performed an MTM gesture. In another case, the functionality can invoke any function in response to determining that the user has performed an MTM gesture. In another case, the functionality can perform any type of control operation, e.g., by using the gesture to specify a parameter, a path, a range of values, etc. The control operation may affect any designated item in any manner. Still other types of behavior can be associated with gestures.
About Microsoft's Patent Figures: FIGS. 4,5,6,11,13 and 14 noted above illustrate behavior and/or static poses associated with different types of MTM gestures; FIG. 3 noted below enumerates different features that can be used to define a multi-touch-movement (MTM) gesture.
In Microsoft's latest patent they extend their MTM gestures to the backside of the device as well as the front display. This is noted in patent figures 11 and 12 above.
Another new element is the MTM gesture relating to a collection of items in a carousel-type of format. Microsoft states that "For example, the user can select or otherwise interact with any item in the collection of items. In the alternative case of FIG. 18, the display surface presents a collection of items in a carousel-type format in response to detecting that the user has performed (or is performing) an MTM gesture.
Microsoft filed their patent application under in Q1 2012. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time. To review this invention in more depth, see Microsoft's patent application.
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