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…