Apple granted powerful UI patent that allows users to view maps, documents and images in a whole new way

”The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In this particular report we cover a single patent that Apple has acquired from 3 North Carolina engineers represented by the law firm Ober | Kaler,” Purcher reports. “The granted patent covers a user interface that allows control of the image (scrolling and magnification) on the device display by uniquely tilting the device. If Apple went out of their way to acquire this patent, then there’s obviously some new camera application that Apple is thinking of implementing in the not-too-distant future.”

Purcher reports, “The motion-sensitive controls of the current invention provide a user interface that is more natural than current common controls because it allows a user to see more of an image at one time than traditional scrolling, viewing it in perspective so that he can relate new portions in view with portions that were in view already, and doing so with perspective views with which the user is already familiar. In addition, the motion-sensitive control simultaneously allows the user to change the magnification of the image using movements that are compatible with the tilt movements.”


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