User interface gestures

  • US 8,384,675 B2
  • Filed: 07/03/2006
  • Issued: 02/26/2013
  • 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 graphical user interface commands, the method comprising:

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

    matching the detected plurality of contacts to distinct parts of a hand;

    determining a whole hand translation by the hand across the multi-touch surface from movement of the detected plurality of contacts; and

    generating a pan command in response to the whole hand translation on the multi-touch surface by taking into account movement of the detected plurality of contacts that are not matched to a palm part of the hand and ignoring movement of the detected plurality of contacts that are matched to a palm part of the hand.

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