Apple Granted Slide-to-Unlock Screen Patent; Potentially Grim News for Android

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    Apple Granted Slide-to-Unlock Screen Patent; Potentially Grim News for Android


    Apparently, the US Patent & Trademark Office recently granted the "slide-to-unlock" patent to Apple. This could potentially portend a slew of new lawsuits from Apple against Android manufacturers, especially since so many Android devices use this type of unlock system. It's important to note that this patent was actually applied for back in 2005, so it's not something Apple was being a sneaky about. Here's a tidbit from the patent,
    A device with a touch-sensitive display may be unlocked via gestures performed on the touch-sensitive display. The device is unlocked if contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device. The device displays one or more unlock images with respect to which the predefined gesture is to be performed in order to unlock the device. The performance of the predefined gesture with respect to the unlock image may include moving the unlock image to a predefined location and/or moving the unlock image along a predefined path. The device may also display visual cues of the predefined gesture on the touch screen to remind a user of the gesture. In addition, there is a need for sensory feedback to the user regarding progress towards satisfaction of a user input condition that is required for the transition to occur.
    The folks credited for the invention are iOS chief, Scott Forstall and Apple engineers Imran Chaudhri, Bas Ording, Freddy Allen Anzures, Marcel Van Os, Stephen O. Lemay and Greg Christie. At this point, it is unknown as to whether the new unlock mechanism in Android 4.0/ICS will be impacted by this, but we will keep you informed as things develop.

    Source: Android.net via 9to5Mac
    Last edited by dgstorm; 10-27-2011 at 03:40 PM.

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    Well that sucks, but unfortunately, Apple beat everyone to the punch on this patent application.
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    It's a little odd to think that something we see and use everyday, that seems so simple, is patentable like that. Wonder what google will come up with now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leach19m View Post
    It's a little odd to think that something we see and use everyday, that seems so simple, is patentable like that. Wonder what google will come up with now
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    Lol well, that only works for one person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leach19m View Post
    Lol well, that only works for one person. (V) {;,,;} (V) < WoopwoopwoopwoopwoopScuttering along like Zoidberg, on the move
    I wonder if you could set it to allow more than one, but that is true..
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    Hmm... What about fingerprint technology. Is there technology to read a fingerprint with the touchscreen?

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    Doubt it, but maybe with the camera.

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    Well we know one thing. Clearly this result is something Google anticipated so it will be interesting to see what they have up their sleeve. Gobs of cash perhaps.

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    Really? Patenting a "slide-unlock"? Wow. Sometimes patents just shouldn't be given for things. Case in point: Did you know there's actually a patent for the comb-over? I'm not kidding.
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