Multi touch soon to be a thing of the past?
Apple doesn’t want other folks using multi touch on iPhone competitors. The position is understandable, Apple sees multi touch as proprietary intellectual property. The problem with relying on patents and such to protect your product is that someone will come along with something better. That something better might be on the way.
Some folks at MIT have put together a borgish looking device that responds to hand gestures and projects the screen onto a flat surface. They call the tech Sixth Sense and the device that takes advantage of it Wear Ur World. One supposes that naming things isn’t the strong point of MIT types. Taking a look at the thing and generating a mental image of the device after some industrial design will give you a distinct feeling that you might be looking at the next big thing.
Rather wickedly cool, eh?!
I am worried about Apple keeping its technology all to itself. That just forces its competitors to develop a viable (or even better) alternative.
Hopefully the goal of Apple’s lawsuits will be to licence its technologies, such as multi-touch.
Google hasn’t backed down to anybody.
They are playing well with the Apple sandbox boys so as to permeate the smart mobile market in its infancy with Google product… $$$ it’s all about mobile ad revenue $$$
Besides - Apple doesn’t have a pot-to-piss-in in this patent case. So let someone else set the precedent first… like ... oh… Palm… who is a long time player and would wipe Apple’s @$$ in a patent case.
Bring it on Apple !