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Posted: 20 May 2007, 06:47
by goldfish
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 simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device."

Posted: 20 May 2007, 09:34
by ivanw
Yes! Fingerworks is still around according to 2007's filing dates from this patent database query