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by goldfish
20 May 2007, 06:47
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: News about Apple
Replies: 1
Views: 6338

Good stuff! "The patent (filed by Apple) is credited to John Elias" "Despite closing for business in 2005, it appears that Fingerworks (Westerman and Elias) filed a number of patent applications in July of 2006 describing multi-touch input methods: "Apparatus and methods are disclosed for simultaneo...
by goldfish
27 Sep 2006, 06:24
Forum: Keyboards: TouchStream, MacNTouch, Digitouch, Mini
Topic: Fruitful TouchStream Repair Tactics
Replies: 29
Views: 29435

Wow!

Wow! I missed this thread. Good stuff, many thanks to Pythagoras for the excellent info. Great to know in case my iGesture breaks down. Makes me wish I was an electrical engineer. The FingerWorks technology really was innovative and superior--which of course was why the company was bought out. Regar...
by goldfish
16 Sep 2006, 07:09
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Where did fingerworks go. Investigation
Replies: 21
Views: 40582

So apparently Apple is coming out with an updated version of the iPod Video. "The new iPod features Apple's patented Click Wheel for precise, one-handed navigation..." I just had a look at Apple Insider, and they had a teardown of the new Video iPod on there. It says ...and Cypress contributing a Cl...
by goldfish
15 Sep 2006, 00:48
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Petitioning Apple?
Replies: 5
Views: 6914

It seems Apple will never confirm or deny the acquisition. Apple also forced Synaptics to take its logo off its circuit boards and forbade it to discuss the relationship in public or with other customers--a restriction that remains in effect even today [the original request was around 1994 when they...
by goldfish
10 Sep 2006, 07:08
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Where did fingerworks go. Investigation
Replies: 21
Views: 40582

Wayne Westerman at Apple

A few Wayne Westerman (co-founder of FW) sightings at Apple:
Speaker: Wayne Westerman, Apple Computer
http://www.ee.udel.edu/HighTechE/schedule.html
Westerman, Wayne
San Francisco, CA 94107 Apple Computer/Engineer 250 03/09/2006
http://www.campaignmoney.com/apple_computer.asp
by goldfish
15 Feb 2006, 07:08
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Application of FW technology at Apple?
Replies: 27
Views: 32200

Re: Fingerworks and laptop screens

After the meeting I got an email from Mr. Lytle that answered many of the issues I had. (I can post the contents of the email in another thread if anyone is really interested.) Sure. Post it. I'd be interested to read it anyways. We can eventually put it in a "History of Fingerworks" page in the Wi...
by goldfish
10 Feb 2006, 07:07
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: looks like it's going to be a....
Replies: 2
Views: 3105

i'm getting more hopeful. They are putting gestures into conventional touchpads, and gradually making the touch pads bigger. They're patenting plans for a gesture-based tablet pc. Now a gesture-based ipod. It seems to me that they're really running with this multitouch gesture-technology, using it a...
by goldfish
05 Feb 2006, 21:12
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Application of FW technology at Apple?
Replies: 27
Views: 32200

Aliens. Frogs. I think you guys are missing the boat on this one. Clearly Apple, not content to superficially improve on FW's products for us RSI sufferers, is developing animatronic replacement arms in conjunction with said products. Why do you think Steve Jobs just became the largest shareholder i...
by goldfish
03 Feb 2006, 07:35
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Application of FW technology at Apple?
Replies: 27
Views: 32200

Great find! This is very interesting. I'm sad that it doesn't mention Westerman or Elias among the inventors. I also don't see mention of the FW patent numbers. At first glance, it looks like they're trying to expand on FW tech: [0011] In recent times, more advanced gestures have been implemented. F...
by goldfish
22 Jan 2006, 21:11
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Has anyone found an alternative to their TouchStreams?
Replies: 27
Views: 30156

I wonder if they could restart fingerworks. I mean, if Apple came out with the first fingerworks tech product in February, they must have been developing it for months before. But fingerworks didn't seem to begin to shut down until february, when apple appears to have hired them full time to resolve...
by goldfish
21 Jan 2006, 01:19
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Where did fingerworks go. Investigation
Replies: 21
Views: 40582

Interesting. The PDF you posted says "revision B," 4/14/2005. The google cache is "revision A," 10/15/2004. The cache of revision A has the Patent warning mentioning Westerman and Elias in the introduction, the revision B doesn't.
by goldfish
20 Jan 2006, 23:53
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Where did fingerworks go. Investigation
Replies: 21
Views: 40582

Per Google Cache of Cypress' Japan website: 2004-10-15 Capacitance sensors can be used as non-contact switches. These switches, when protected by an insulating layer, offer resistance to severe environments. The PSoC CY8C21x34 family has an architecture that is well adapted to scanning arrays of thi...
by goldfish
19 Jan 2006, 05:56
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Where did fingerworks go. Investigation
Replies: 21
Views: 40582

Meaningless nonsense re: Fingerworks

I was bored today, and spent a couple of hours googling Fingerworks. More than you ever wanted to know about Apple's use of Fingerworks technology below... Per Fingerworks' website : FingerWorks products include a low-power on-board microprocessor whose first job is to collect and process image data...
by goldfish
12 Jan 2006, 07:42
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: UK firm suing Fingerworks / Apple over patent 5,730,165
Replies: 15
Views: 17398

Re: patent lawsuit

Ok, you do realize that these are two different lawsuits, one against Apple for their dual finger mouse (which we have determined has no FW tech) and a seperate one against FW. Sorry, but this was just another red herring. Really? A UK COMPANY filed a lawsuit against Apple and Fingerworks...The fil...
by goldfish
04 Jan 2006, 02:45
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: UK firm suing Fingerworks / Apple over patent 5,730,165
Replies: 15
Views: 17398

Oh yes!

I say we all meet at Mac World Expo and give Steve Jobs an Old School Beat Down till he signs a contract to release a new version of the keyboard with enhancements we should have had over the past year and a half and give us the new model as a peace offering (cuz if Apple does nothing else right, T...
by goldfish
26 Oct 2005, 07:30
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Where did fingerworks go. Investigation
Replies: 21
Views: 40582

I'm also interested to know what you find out...

I've been googling this more than I ever reasonably should. In case you're wondering, this is what I found in my own investigations (Sorry, this is long, and repeats alot that you already know). So we know that Apple dumped Synaptics, Inc., who traditionally provided them with trackpads, in early Fe...
by goldfish
01 Sep 2005, 02:47
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: .....67% chance it's Apple... because...
Replies: 43
Views: 45658

Hey, thanks!

Wow! Thanks for the heads up. This seems to be confirmed at link below: http://forums.appleinsider.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=52101 I do hope the technology is used for more than laptop touchpads in the not-so-distant future. I would really hope to have the opportunity to buy products similar to...
by goldfish
05 Jun 2005, 08:01
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Has anyone asked FingerWorks directly?
Replies: 8
Views: 7264

Contacting FingerWorks...

Not sure if this is entirely proper, but anyone try calling them? There's a corporate phone number given on Yahoo! Finance, http://biz.yahoo.com/ic/116/116823.html CEO seems to be a professor, phone number on his .edu website is same as that given above. I had ordered a TouchStream Dvorak from Fente...