Microsoft patent applications reveal potential Windows 8 Tablet features…

Tom “The Man” Warren found a few interesting tidbits at the US Patent Office in patents filed by Microsoft.

More specifically, the patents reveal Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet pen and touch gestures. These gestures hint at photo editing abilities using touch/pen inputs.

The patents that were filed reveal the company’s plans for picture releated gestures. The gestures allow for dual use of both fingers and pens..

Here is a rundown of the gestures:

  • Cut gesture – this allows for objects to be cut simply by cutting across them by using the gesture.
  • Punch-Out gesture – this gesture allows tablet users to manipulate an object and punch a section out of it.
  • Rip gesture – this allows for objects to be separated into two different objects using two fingers and pulling in two different directions.
  • Edge gesture – this allows for a tablet user to create a straight line from objects. Just think of a ruler.
  • Stamp gesture – users can create rubber stamps of existing objects and reuse them as a copied item.
  • Brush gesture – just like in Photoshop, this gesture allows you to remove a portion of an object and makes a copy of it.
  • Copy gesture – allows for images and data to be copied simply by tapping on the object to select it and then dragging it with a stylus or pen to the left of the object.
  • Staple gesture – allows tablet users to group objects together into stacks.

I have to say that this is pretty interesting as the dual pen/finger concept looks pretty incredible.

Check out this promotional video that shows some similar gestures used on Microsoft Surface…

Pretty amazing if you ask me…