Here's a potentially noteworthy development in the patent litigation-riddled mobile device market.
The patent is No. 7,679,604, "Method and apparatus for controlling a computer system," and it describes motion control as a means of interacting with smartphones and the like.
The invention, the patent's authors explain, "facilitates an intuitive motion control of the application by physically manipulating the electronic device...it enables a user to intuitively control the state and/or displayed content of a computing device without the conventional need of pressing button(s), or manipulating a trackpad, trackball, etc. In this regard, the motion control agent represents a new paradigm in user control of computing systems."
Sounds quite a bit like the motion control you find today in Apple's iPhone, doesn't it? Or in Palm's Pre. Or Google's Nexus One. Or Motorola's Droid. Or Nokia's 5800.
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