New patent application from Apple outlines sweet tablet tech.
One of the longest running rumors swirling about products from Cupertino has been of the Apple tablet. The rumors of a tablet from Apple have been swirling for months and many believe the tablet will be coming soon. A new patent application from Apple has turned up today that is for tech related to a tablet.
The patent application
is for pen-based tablet input. The iPhone may have skipped the stylus, but with a larger tablet, a stylus would be most welcome. The patent application covers technology that improves digital ink recognition and breaks down strokes and phrases.
The application reads: "Upon the occurrence of an ink phrase termination event, the ink manager notifies the handwriting recognition engine and organizes the preceding ink strokes into an ink phrase data structure...The present invention, in large part, relates to the observation that client applications and handwriting recognition software in pen-based computer systems can make far more accurate ink-related decisions based on entire ink phrases, rather than individual ink strokes."
The last time I tried to use handwriting on a touchscreen device was when my Palm PDA was the gadget to have years ago. Things didn’t work well at all then. I will be surprised if stylus input is the only way to go when an Apple tablet finally debuts. Apple has made a name in multi touch with its iPhone.