Apple tries to patent gestures

Wired reports that Apple has filed around 200 patent applications related to multitouch and gesture control:

Yet it appears that the company is not trying to patent the entire multitouch concept, but rather trying to protect certain uses of it — specifically the methods to interpret gestures, and in some cases, the gestures themselves.

It is interesting to see that they mention the interpretation of a gesture. This means that they separate between gesture and action, i.e. gesture is the meaning of an action.

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.