Apple patent highlights multi-touch Nano wheels

News posted on AppleInsider's website today draws attention to the possibility of a new generation of multi-touch iPods. This exciting news was discovered by the people at AppleInsider who claim to have discovered a recent patent filing by the designers at Apple detailing the detection of: "input gestures that traverse the center of the scroll wheel and to detect multi-touch input."

The possibility of this new fifth-generation Nano will be the first to detect multi-touch gestures through its new, and slightly smaller click wheel and may also have an added extra in the form of a camera. AppleInsider expects this to be released sometime this Autumn.

The thirty-eight page patent filing produced this past September provides details on a "multi-dimensional scroll wheel" which can sense a moving object such as a finger, as it is rotated around the circumference of the wheel, but also in a linear fashion across the center. AppleInsider states in addition, that this new breed of scroll wheel will be able to detect more than one object at a time, such as a multi-finger touch or motion.

When describing this technology within the Nano, Apple explained. "For example, linear motion, such as a swipe across the scroll wheel, can enable an image browsing application to cause images, such as album cover pictures for example, to be transitioned across a screen."

This news is exciting for the Apple community and has come as an extension on the multi-touch capabilities of other Apple products such as the iPod touch, iPhone and trackpads on the later generations of their MacBooks. This is a technology which is popular on other devices and with such impressive technology like Microsoft's Project Natal, perhaps releasing a multi-touch Nano will seem a little redundant and less impressive.

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Their next iPod needs an OLED screen before any other new 'inovations'. Sony have done it and now Microsoft with the Zune HD. It just makes the screen so much more colourful.

So, they're copying the Zune Pad??? Yep.

For example, linear motion, such as a swipe across the scroll wheel, can enable an image browsing application to cause images, such as album cover pictures for example, to be transitioned across a screen

Hey, that's how I switch through photos on my Zune! And they're trying to patent something Microsoft already made, seriously? Wow. Innovation at it's lowest.

Give the Apple Remote a click wheel already, that'd make browsing on the mac/appletv way better. The current remote already looks like a click wheel