Apple recently added to their patents with another core multi-touch patent. It has added yet another feather to the company’s already formidable arsenal. Thus Apple now owns a lot of patents which is a true sign of innovation and technological advances they are incorporating in their products.
The touch screen patent has really made Apple one of the leaders of innovation. The patent was declared by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It published on Tuesday that the Cupertino, Calif. Company now owns a crucial patent that describes how touch events are recognized by a touchscreen device. This has Strengthened Apples hold over the technology they invented and would ensure that it doesn’t get copied easily.
What is the Patent all about?
It is a patent regarding the oscillating signals and their behavior in touch patterns. This patent was alluded to Steve Jobs when he first announced the iPhone in 2007. The technology regulates how touch events are recognized by touch screens and then effectively read by the processor. Thus this patent is a crucial one and is definitely going to keep many competing companies out of race.
This pattern is basically concentrating on the oscillating signals which got through the circuit of the touch screen and it is an integral invention that would directly affect how users use the device. The reason is that these multi touch patterns may be able to detect multi touches that occur simultaneously and then regulate their functioning and then identify and track their location.
The technology behind it
Earlier the technology was based on resistive touched wherein the pressure generated from touch would produce a voltage difference between two conductors and then this signal would be read and accordingly processed.
In capacitive touches multi-touch was recognized in a way that can power inputs so what happens is that a clock needs to sync the inputs over a substrate. Apple has come out with an invention that would help in eliminating issues with the capacitive touches.
Apple’s patent provides a solution to capacitive touchscreen problem by using calibration logic circuitry which compares the signal oscillation against a reference signal and tunes the clock frequency accordingly. Thus it can now detect multi-touches as well as it can also precisely detect movements over the screen and also slides and different types of movements like hover or neat touches.
Thus this has been a path breaking technology from Apple Inc. that is going to change how the touch screens feel and respond! It helps to recognize the touch events better and thus respond to them better.
How it affects the market?
Apple has been a centre of innovation and its products are adored all over the world. This path breaking technology from Apple would ensure that its users would keep hooked to them. The patents and the technology would also ensure that the Apple users get the latest advancements and cutting edge technology to work on! This would leave the competitors in a spot of bother wherein they would have to work out a plan that to counter such technological advancements from Apple with new and innovative ideas!
Thus with the new CEO Tim Cook it is definite that Apple is going to maintain their quest of innovations and technical advancements. Apple is ever expanding and ever researching new arenas of technology which could reach into the hands of the common people! The future is going to bring even latest devices and patents to the market which would leave the Apple customers in awe of the company!