Apple’s Touchscreen Patent: Actual Patent Reveals Gestures, Not Hardware

With the Web abuzz about Apple’s latest patent, filing, it’s worth reading the actual patent, 0060026536. Like all patent filings, this research may never translate to a shipping product. But it does make for good reading, and it clears up some issues — the most important one being this is about gestures, not specific hardware. Oh, and yes, Apple is working on a touchscreen music mixer:

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Futuristic Lemur Multitouch Control Surface Updated

The Lemur multitouch control surface is as much about software as it is about hardware, and the folks at JazzMutant and Cycling ’74 have been hard at work updating that software and making it work effectively with more applications. Think better MIDI support, Ableton Live control, and new tutorials on exploring sound and sequencing. Thanks to updates to the JazzMutant site and a 1.2 firmware update for the hardware, the Lemur now boasts: MIDI compatibility: It’s now easier to scale and generate MIDI data from the more complex OpenSoundControl data piped out of the Lemur. New object physics: The Lemur’s …

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DIY Multi-Touch Interfaces and Other Futuristic Tricks

Via Pixelsumo comes a fantastic lineup of links to futuristic interfaces for music, etc. If you were impressed by Cycling 74’s new Lemur touchscreen, with the power to let you touch multiple points on a pad simultaneously for controlling music/sound/etc., Jeff Han has built his own. His Frustrated Total Internal Reflection project may sound like some sort of existential experience, but it’s really an optical system for tracking multiple finger touches on a screen. You need a back projector, so it’s not as portable or compact as the Lemur, but watch the video: extremely low latency, extremely high sensitivity. Jeff …

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Sonic Wire Sculptor Web App + Tools That Built It

Interactive music man Amit Pitaru is the creator of the Web sound toy Sonic Wire Sculptor: Try Sonic Wire Sculptor on your Mac/PC browser Thanks to Tim, who notes: “I saw it and got to play with it at the ICC gallery in Tokyo last year and on a video projector and touchscreen; it was great fun! The web version is pretty cool, too.” Sculpting sound in your browser with virtual 3D shapes, complete with optional tablet input? Very cool. But even cooler is the tools behind the magic (mostly developed by Pitaru himself), which also drive a lot of …

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Lemur Touchscreens Leaving the Factory

For those of you not on the Cycling `74 mailing list, the future is now: the Lemur touchscreens are on their way. So if you thought this would never be a real product, think again. Cycling tells us that the new machines “are out of the factory” and after final testing will be in San Francisco in another couple of weeks. That’s an actual production Lemur pictured. This also means “touching sessions” are coming soon, and really, who wouldn’t look forward to that? (Makes the Acid Tests with their Buchlas seem tame by comparison.) See Lee Sherman’s coverage of Cycling’s …

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TactaPad Touch Interface for Mac

The TactaPad is just a concept model, not in production, and I’m not even sure the movies are real, but it’s an interesting idea nonetheless. (Thanks to Chris O’Shea for the tip!) The idea is, you touch a tactile surface with your hands, and a camera maps an image of your hands onto the screen for additional visual feedback. The hardware would be compatible with existing Mac applications (see a demo video of GarageBand), though you’d of course need custom software for multi-touch capabilities. I think it’s clear that this is the direction interfaces will ultimately go. Mice work, yes, …

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Cycling `74 Shows Lemur Programmable Touchscreen

Cycling ‘74 offered a glimpse into digital music’s future last night at the San Francisco Apple Store, with one of the first public appearances of the JazzMutant Lemur programmable touchscreen controller working in concert with its software editor. Unlike conventional touchscreen tablets, the Lemur can support multiple simultaneous finger taps, making it, at least theoretically, possible to even play piano on the thing. Product Specialist Gregory Taylor showed how easy it is to create customized control surfaces merely by dragging intelligent user interface objects onto a layout of the Lemur’s screen. The software ships with some 16 of these widgets, …

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Lemur Touchscreen Live in NYC, CDM Returns Tuesday

Yes, I fell off the face of the earth after Tuesday's NAMM update, but CDM will be back to its normal broadcast schedule Tuesday February 1. But if you're in NYC Sunday, you'll have a great way to pass the time: Lemur touchscreen comes to NYC! Share, the weekly Manhattan portable computer music/video jam now at Subtonic, has an incredible lineup for this Sunday 1/31: David Last is upstairs ($8 admission) at Tonic for a CD release party, while downstairs Share will embark in its new home. The Share folks tell us: "Guillaume Largillier (co-inventor of LEMUR) & Franck Stofer …

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Lemur Music Touchscreen: Software

The Lemur interactive digital touchscreen for music and multimedia is moving closer to production, and some of the technical details are becoming clearer. First, the hardware is looking a little more finished (check out the new black color), and we're seeing new screenshots of the editor software (pictured). Check out US distributor Cycling 74's site for more information. Incidentally, if you're going to be in NYC on Sunday January 30, I'm looking for someone to go to Share to check it out in person and let CDM's readers know how it goes (I'll still be at the Yaddo colony); contact …

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Cycling `74 Will Sell Lemur Touchscreen

CDM has reported on the Star Trek-esque touchscreen interface Lemur before, and developer Jazz Mutant told CDM in the fall they expected to ship the unit this year. They've found a distributor: Cycling `74 will sell Jazz Mutant's Lemur for US$2495 (projected), with the first units expected in April 2005. The Lemur is a touchscreen LCD for controlling audio and multimedia programs: using an included editor for Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows, you can create your own on-screen interfaces with faders, knobs, and the like, and control them with your finger. The Lemur works with OSC, not MIDI, for …

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