Apple has filed a patent for a new multi-touch gesture language that will allows us program gestures into our computers. Similar to the zoom and rotate gestures currently programmed into the iPhone and MacBook multi-touch touchpads, the new patent describes a Sign Language for touch screens, which uses a minimum of twenty five chords, thirty one combinations and thirteen different motions to tell the OS what it is you want to do. Additionally, the patent specififies the Control, Alt, Shift and Command keys as modifiers.
The patent itself is very interesting, but what is most fascinating to me is that it seems like Apple’s getting serious about not only touchscreen phones and iPods, but computers as well. This patent has “touchscreen iMac” written all over it. I wouldn’t be surprised if they announce one sooner rather than later.