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Patented Gestures Detailed 87

An anonymous reader writes "Annalee Newitz wrote a fresh/interesting/informative piece on the io9 site about 10 Gestures that are already patented; unsurprisingly by the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Nintendo. But it's the other patent holders on the list that seem more interesting to me: Xerox, Lucent, Palm and lesser known Gesturetek have very broad patents for this tech."
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Patented Gestures Detailed

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  • by RichMan (8097) on Tuesday June 07, 2011 @10:24AM (#36362136)

    I read it. They patented communication. That a particular action is interpreted as a sign of a particular intent.
    Consider the hand signs used by the deaf, or the action in the title I used. An action is a symbol recognition for any intent is communication.

    Patents can apply to a way to recognize an action. Or a way to apply a signaled intent.
    But a symbol, and that is all a gesture of any sort is, is way beyond what should be covered.

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