User interface gestures

  • US 7,656,394 B2
  • Filed: 07/03/2006
  • Issued: 02/02/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/26/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for mapping gestures performed on a multi-touch surface to simulate mouse manipulations, the method comprising:

  • detecting a proximity image of a plurality of fingertip contacts on the multi-touch surface;

    determining one or more of a size, shape and orientation associated with each of the plurality of fingertip contacts based on the proximity image;

    generating mouse pointer motion signals in response to translational slides of a first predetermined number of fingertip contacts;

    generating a single mouse click signal in response to a synchronized tap of a second predetermined number of fingertip contacts; and

    generating mouse drag signals in response to translational slides of a third predetermined number of fingertip contacts,wherein the gestures simulating mouse manipulations are performed with a first hand and gestures corresponding to text cursor manipulations are performed with an opposite hand.

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