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Microsoft Applies For Page-Turn Animation Patent

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the on-the-internet dept.

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eldavojohn writes "Ever seeking to out innovate their competition, Microsoft has applied for a patent on animating page flips in devices like the Nook or Kindle. The application summary reads, 'One or more pages are displayed on a touch display. A page-turning gesture directed to a displayed page is recognized. Responsive to such recognition, a virtual page turn is displayed on the touch display. The virtual page turn actively follows the page-turning gesture. The virtual page turn curls a lifted portion of the page to progressively reveal a back side of the page while progressively revealing a front side of a subsequent page. A lifted portion of the page is given an increased transparency that allows the back side of the page to be viewed through the front side of the page. A page-flipping gesture quickly flips two or more pages.' Maybe you've seen this before?"

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Hurry up and someone patent.... (4, Funny)

3seas (184403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856798)

.... reading.....

Re:Hurry up and someone patent.... (2, Funny)

spazdor (902907) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856944)

Hey, what does this Slashdot comment say? Can anyone help me determine this?

Maybe if I throw in a licensing fee?

Re:Hurry up and someone patent.... (4, Funny)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857322)

To hell with reading. I'm going to see if I can patent ball scratching. Think about it - half the people in the world scratch their balls, even before they come out of the womb. Reading is just for the elite, who have had time, money, and coddling enough to learn to read. Scratching balls? I can sue people for patent infringement even before they are born! I'll be richer than Microsoft, Apple, Government Motors, and the United States Government combined!

Oh, for anyone who wonders - we have video from a sonogram that distinctly shows the kid scratching at his groin at around 7 months gestation. It's time we dragged that out and showed it to everyone again. LMAO

Prior art? (3, Interesting)

thestudio_bob (894258) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856806)

I've seen this on Flash years ago as well as a Shockwave (Director)... the only thing they bring to the table is "on a touch display".

Re:Prior art? (3, Informative)

mattventura (1408229) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856828)

the only thing they bring to the table is "on a touch display".

Not even that. I've seen iPhone ebooks that do this.

Re:Prior art? (5, Insightful)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857080)

I've seen that on a tactile touch display that even varies in thickness as a number of pages are turned and it is powered by the kinetic energy of the gesture.

Its called a god damn book.

Re:Prior art? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857222)

You mean like this [penny-arcade.com] ?

Re:Prior art? (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857128)

Yes, the Stanza reader had this in place before 2009.

Re:Prior art? (1, Insightful)

hyphz (179185) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856932)

Um. It's iBooks on the iPad. Has pretty much exactly that feature. Word for word.

It's good to see Microsoft unseating Apple as the evil empire by deliberately forcing them into prior art litigation. Ugh.

Re:Prior art? (1)

thestudio_bob (894258) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857292)

Sorry I actually read the article, the patent date is January 2009.

I knew the iPad, etc, had it, but I've seen this years ago. Hence my disbelief.

Spot the prior art (2, Informative)

TiggertheMad (556308) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857012)

Ok, quick little game of 'spot the prior art'.

My entry: Master of Magic, by Microprose software (currently rights are held by Atari, I think). c1994-ish? Showed page turning animations in a spell book when you clicked on next and prior pages, creating a virtual book. Sounds like what MS is trying to do here, so it might count.

Can anyone beat 1994? There must be earlier stuff than that..

Re:Spot the prior art (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857038)

Myst 1993.

Re:Spot the prior art (5, Informative)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857078)

Hypercard on Apple by Winkle. late 80's.

Re:Spot the prior art (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857410)

Yup. I was about to post the same thing. It was done so long ago that the patents are expired already. I'll be interested to see who challenges this bogus patent first.

Re:Spot the prior art (2, Informative)

thrawn_aj (1073100) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857072)

Screw MS for patent-trolling but your specific argument is incorrect.

One or more pages are displayed on a touch display. A page-turning gesture directed to a displayed page is recognized. Responsive to such recognition, a virtual page turn is displayed on the touch display. The virtual page turn actively follows the page-turning gesture.

Re:Spot the prior art (1)

Your.Master (1088569) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857276)

That's not prior art to the actual patent described, which is about turning the page in response to a particular touch gesture. That the animation is being patented is eldavojohn's invention.

Re:Spot the prior art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857476)

eldavojohn should patent his invention!

Re:Spot the prior art (1)

algormortis (1422619) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857320)

Can anyone beat 1994? There must be earlier stuff than that..

A real book. 3000 B.C.

Have all the knowledgeable people left Microsoft? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857064)

I'm guessing that most of the intelligent, technically knowledgeable people have left Microsoft. So now non-technical employees are pretending to run a technological company. It's worth it to them to put a lot of effort into pretending that they are doing a good job, because they would not be paid as much somewhere else.

One indication that the smart people have left is when a company brings out a new version of software, and the big change is in the menus. Menu changes are something people who don't care about technology can do.

There have been a lot [techrights.org] of technological embarrassments [time.com] at Microsoft in recent years. An obvious patent is just one of them.

(The Microsoft Vista operating system [time.com] was, it is said, not a failure, but an intentional method of getting people to pay for two operating systems, by deliberately [pcmag.com] releasing an unfinished one.)

Re:Have all the knowledgeable people left Microsof (1)

yuhong (1378501) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857102)

(The Microsoft Vista operating system [time.com] was, it is said, not a failure, but an intentional method of getting people to pay for two operating systems, by deliberately [pcmag.com] releasing an unfinished one.)

Really? I would not go that far, especially without evidence.

Re:Prior art? (1)

vrmlguy (120854) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857086)

I've seen this on Flash years ago as well as a Shockwave (Director)... the only thing they bring to the table is "on a touch display".

I've seen this in the openings of several Disney animation classics, which would start with books opening and turning pages. Admittedly, not much user interaction there, but the animation "curls a lifted portion of the page to progressively reveal a back side of the page while progressively revealing a front side of a subsequent page." OTOH, I don't recall ever seeing "A lifted portion of the page is given an increased transparency that allows the back side of the page to be viewed through the front side of the page," so you may not be in violation if you don't manipulate the alpha channel as part of the animation.

the word of the day is COCK (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857114)

a word you can suck, fag!

OK, so what's the penalty for IP fraud? (5, Interesting)

kale77in (703316) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857134)

If IP theft is possible, then surely IP fraud must be? If I claimed to own any random houses I happened to see, and put them down as security on financial documents, this would be viewed dimly by the courts. This is that.

If patents secure intellectual 'property' then where's the aggressive penalty enforcement for intentional (or unintentional but negligent) misrepresentation of property rights? Given the money at issue, and their strain of their enforcement on the court system, these penalties ought to be severe, esp. for corporations. If anybody knows a government looking to increase revenue, then here's some.

Yeah, That's New (3, Interesting)

mwandaw (1276328) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856816)

You gotta be kidding. There have been Flash animations like this available for years. I guess this is an example of a patent process gone wrong.

rather it is an example of (1, Insightful)

unity100 (970058) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856868)

patents being wrong. im watching and wondering, when will everyone without exception (profiteers aside) will realize that concept of 'patents' cannot work.

Re:rather it is an example of (2)

IrquiM (471313) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856968)

Patents can and do work other places in the world, just no in US

Re:rather it is an example of (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857310)

It is an example of JEWISH piracy and mind control!

"I own this idea". Only a JEW will get you to accept a TAX and a RENT on a THOUGHT!

Re:Yeah, That's New (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856956)

You gotta be kidding. There have been Flash animations like this available for years. I guess this is an example of a patent process gone wrong.

What eBook reader were you playing Flash animations on?

One or more pages are displayed on a touch display. A page-turning gesture directed to a displayed page is recognized. Responsive to such recognition, a virtual page turn is displayed on the touch display. The virtual page turn actively follows the page-turning gesture. The virtual page turn curls a lifted portion of the page to progressively reveal a back side of the page while progressively revealing a front side of a subsequent page. A lifted portion of the page is given an increased transparency that allows the back side of the page to be viewed through the front side of the page. A page-flipping gesture quickly flips two or more pages.

Re:Yeah, That's New (2, Insightful)

vlueboy (1799360) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857348)

Companies like Microsoft hogging the patent means there's little chance the someone will slip up and fail to renew or take people to court over "small" offenses. A small company would hardly have the resources to find AND sue me for having a 10-year-old transition animation on a personal webpage, for instance.

It bothers me that smaller companies almost never pull this kind of anti-prior-art stunts, dealing a blow to the bigger, noisier fish who would be suing us in their sleep for stuff like the above. Maybe it's the difference in headcount-to-lawyer# ratios.

Next Patent... (4, Funny)

christoofar (451967) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856822)

Microsoft Fast Page Flip Lick Moistener (TM). It's for when you moisten your index or other page-flipping finger on your tongue to flip faster.

Maybe you should ask the right question: (3, Informative)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856824)

The real question is, has anyone seen this before:

Claim 1. A digital reading device, comprising:

a first touch display region;

a second touch display region;

a logic subsystem operatively coupled to the first touch display region and the second touch display region; and

a data-holding subsystem holding instructions executable by the logic subsystem to:

display a back side of a first page on the first touch display region and a front side of a second page on the second touch display region;

recognize a page-turning gesture directed to an outer corner of the second page;

display, responsive to the page-turning gesture, a virtual page turn that actively follows the page-turning gesture, the virtual page turn curling a lifted portion of the second page to progressively reveal a back side of the second page while progressively revealing a front side of a third page and while progressively covering the back side of the first page;

recognize a page-flipping gesture directed along an outer edge of the second touch display region; and

display, responsive to advancement of the page-flipping gesture, a virtual page flip in which pages quickly flip from the second touch display region to the first touch display region.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32856854)

So how does the patent system work. If I create the same thing minus one of those features am I infringing on the patent? For instance what if I display a blue back side of the first page instead of black?

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (2, Informative)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856934)

Since it is a single claim, if you create the same thing minus one, you are indeed not infringing (at least not as far as that claim goes, as there may be more there).

I'm not sure by what you mean by "blue instead of black", though, as I don't see the mention of "black" anywhere in the wording of the claim.

Now, if you do it on just one screen, you should be in the clear.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (2, Insightful)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856978)

If you put it on a device that doesn't use a touch screen, but a mouse instead, you've (theoretically) circumvented the patent.

As a side effect, you've also explored a new avenue of input devices that you wouldn't have before.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856908)

Who cares if we have seen it before, it is obvious as all get out.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856920)

no, it's not.

Please explain to me how implementing that is obvious.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

XanC (644172) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857036)

Implementation is a different question. They're not protecting a particular implementation. That would be done with copyright.

With this, they're preventing anybody else from creating their own implementation of this.

Why software needs both patents AND copyrights remains a mystery.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

samkass (174571) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857482)

You answered your own mystery. Because a copyright doesn't protect from other people re-implementing your system and methods. The entire point of patents is to protect a way of doing things, whether that way is physical or virtual. You can argue that you don't think virtual things should get the same protection as physical things, but since patents and copyright do different things I don't see why you think the latter should immediately not apply.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (5, Insightful)

tofubeer (1746800) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857052)

All the physical books on my bookshelf. Making a computer mimic the real world is 100% obvious.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857324)

All the physical books on my bookshelf. Making a computer mimic the real world is 100% obvious.

Tell me... when you turn a page in a physical book, does it turn transparent? 'Cause that's in the claims of this application. Frankly, none of my physical books include transparency, nor do they include the ability for me to turn groups of pages by dragging a finger down the edge.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857366)

does it turn transparent?

Try reading a Bible, or any other book printed on thin paper.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (0, Troll)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857380)

does it turn transparent?

Try reading a Bible, or any other book printed on thin paper.

And does the transparency change as you flip it?
No. Therefore, not the same.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857464)

Yes, it does, since the ratio of light in front of the page vs behind the page changes, and thus the perception of how transparent it is also changes.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

tofubeer (1746800) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857412)

You can see through to the other side in many cases, so not transparent but translucent depending on the lighting.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857478)

You can see through to the other side in many cases, so not transparent but translucent depending on the lighting.

Sooo, no variable transparency as you turn the page, just static transluency...
[Prior Art Busted]

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857444)

Since when can you not turn a lot of pages by dragging your finger down the edge of the book? If the book has divets (many bibles and dictionaries do), it is much less random. But any book has this feature.

The transparency issue has already been commented on, so I won't go there.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857060)

Claim 1. A digital reading device, comprising:

a first touch display region;

a second touch display region;

Two places/pieces to touch how amazing, totally novel, oh wait no not at all.

Hell they even showed off something just like this then canceled it. Bolting two touchpads together sure is not very novel.


a logic subsystem operatively coupled to the first touch display region and the second touch display region; and

Lawyer talk for app can read both spots.
Duh!

a data-holding subsystem holding instructions executable by the logic subsystem to:

display a back side of a first page on the first touch display region and a front side of a second page on the second touch display region;

Wow, just like a book, what everyone would do with two touch panels.


recognize a page-turning gesture directed to an outer corner of the second page;

Just like a book, I bet they got an MBA to think this up, so simple one might have been able to to grasp it.


display, responsive to the page-turning gesture, a virtual page turn that actively follows the page-turning gesture, the virtual page turn curling a lifted portion of the second page to progressively reveal a back side of the second page while progressively revealing a front side of a third page and while progressively covering the back side of the first page;

hmm seen that some place before, oh yeah books!


recognize a page-flipping gesture directed along an outer edge of the second touch display region; and

display, responsive to advancement of the page-flipping gesture, a virtual page flip in which pages quickly flip from the second touch display region to the first touch display region.

Either this means finishing the flip which would be another duh, or a quick flip of many pages, which might be something.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857334)

Claim 1. ....

recognize a page-flipping gesture directed along an outer edge of the second touch display region; and

display, responsive to advancement of the page-flipping gesture, a virtual page flip in which pages quickly flip from the second touch display region to the first touch display region. Either this means finishing the flip which would be another duh, or a quick flip of many pages, which might be something.

That's what it is. There are two page-flipping gestures in the claim. The second one is the quick-flip, which, as you admit, "might be something".

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857436)

There is prior art in actual paper books.

Adding the behavior/look/feel of a real book to the already existing features of a book simulator is pretty obvious to me.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857166)

> Please explain to me how implementing that is obvious.

Apple "re-invented" this without looking at Microsoft's patent (or application).

It doesn't get any more obvious than that.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (3, Insightful)

yyxx (1812612) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857244)

They didn't patent the implementation (which is unpatentable, even if it's a lot of work), they patented the look and feel. And the look and feel of this feature has been around for many years, implemented by other people who had to work a lot harder on ancient 3D hardware to make this look good.

This patent is theft and fraud, pure and simple.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (2, Insightful)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857390)

Please explain to me how implementing that is obvious.

Implementing what? The page turn animation that's been around for years?

Or the "WITH TOUCH!!!!!" part of the patent, which is the default for any touchscreen that works as a mouse, where your finger clicks and drags the page just like a mouse would have.

If I run a 10 year old program that used the mouse to drag the page on my computer and plug in the 10 year old serial-port-mouse touchscreen monitor overlay, do I infringe the patent right away, or only when I drag my finger on the screen to turn a page?

Of course, Microsoft's version is pretty specific on the application side (I'd have to find a buggy app that shows the next page through the current one as soon as I start turning it) but frankly, any patent claiming to have invented the default mode of operation of hardware a decade old should be invalid.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857316)

Who cares if we have seen it before, it is obvious as all get out.

[Citation needed]

You can't claim something is obvious, after having read it, and more than a year after it was filed for. If it was so obvious, where was it then? Or where are the other pieces of prior art that could be combined in an obvious manner to do it? I mean, internal combustion engines are totally obvious, now, but to claim they were obvious back in the late 1800s is just sour grapes.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (1)

thrawn_aj (1073100) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857090)

I would welcome this patent if they actually made something with it first. The Courier vaporware thing made me cry =( I wanted it so bad!

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (2, Funny)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857146)

They probably canceled that one so they could have a huge party and sell 503 kin. Note the lack of a unit, that's 503 units, not thousand or million.

Re:Maybe you should ask the right question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857188)

If anything, it shows that Courier was not really varporware as claimed, but a real project that got canceled. "Two touch screens side by side" practically screams Courier.

unique (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32856830)

how does this differ from the ipad reader?

similar to but not exactly (1)

meerling (1487879) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856836)

Sounds a lot like (but not exactly the same) as the 'previews' of various pdfs in many online stores, such as drivethrustuff.com
The one described in the article is a little fancier, but it sounds pretty much the same to me.
I'm sure slashdotters can find many many other examples which are even better than that.

doesn't matter (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32856840)

Doesn't matter if it's been seen before, if you have a boatload of cash you need a boatload of defensive patents to keep the parasites who don't produce a thing off your back. Maybe companies like MS, that actually make stuff (whether you think their stuff is good or bad) and contribute, should just be auto-granted immunity from all that bullshit. As it is right now they have to think of and officially enumerate everything they don't want some worthless sleazeball non-company looking for a quick buck coming after them for.

Re:doesn't matter (1, Redundant)

insertwackynamehere (891357) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857104)

This isn't insightful because iBooks did this word for word. Go to an Apple store and play with iBooks on an iPad.

Re:doesn't matter (1)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857110)

I better patent being insightful so you can't ruin my Evil Corporation stories anymore. Jerk.

Microsoft (1)

Noitatsidem (1701520) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856842)

The most original idea ever.

I claim prior art (3, Interesting)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856870)

I used that in a short story I wrote that was published in the 80s and it's on record both in the US and Canadian copyright systems.

MSFT can't patent what I already described in a public magazine.

Re:I claim prior art (1)

thrawn_aj (1073100) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857098)

Sounds like you have a legit claim. Lemme know how the lawsuit works out =)

Re:I claim prior art (2, Funny)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857306)

I used that in a short story I wrote that was published in the 80s and it's on record both in the US and Canadian copyright systems.

MSFT can't patent what I already described in a public magazine.

Dude, my Canadian girlfriend, who is totally real, remembers reading that story in the 80s. I asked her about it while I was totally boning her and she remembered it because both her and it are totally real. Next time she visits, I'll totally ask her what it was in!

stanza (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856880)

Stanza on my iphone does this now, and i am sure the weren't the first.

Software patents suck ass (5, Funny)

turing_m (1030530) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856886)

A page-flipping gesture quickly flips two or more pages.

I'd flip Microsoft a gesture but they've probably patented that too.

Re:Software patents suck ass (0)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856958)

I'd flip Microsoft a gesture but they've probably patented that too.

It's Ctrl+Alt+Del for Natal/Kinect ~

Nothing so profitable (0, Troll)

OnePumpChump (1560417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856918)

as patenting someone else's work. Microsoft's very existence is living proof of that.

You mean like this!! (4, Informative)

future assassin (639396) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856942)

http://www.pixelwit.com/blog/page-flip/ [pixelwit.com] I can flip the page back and forth on my works MultiTocuh monitor. Exactly like MS describes it. I've seen this about 5+ years ago on sites.

Re:You mean like this!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857228)

A lifted portion of the page is given an increased transparency that allows the back side of the page to be viewed through the front side of the page

I'm pretty sure that pixelwit doesn't do this part.

Re:You mean like this!! (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857406)

Pages in real books/magazines tend to do this, though there is an upper limit on translucency based on the ambient light, thickness of the paper and density of the pigment.

Applying real page behavior to a simulated page is pretty damn obvious.

Re:You mean like this!! (1)

thestudio_bob (894258) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857308)

Bingo!

That's the one I was looking for and I couldn't remember it. Your googling skills far out-weigh my own. Kudos to you.

Re:You mean like this!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857430)

But the pages don't turn transparent.
It also doesn't consist of two touch sensitive screens with a foldable spine.

The patent is very specific. Having someone has doing something that's similar to half the features sometime before doesn't mean anything.

Re:You mean like this!! (1)

tom17 (659054) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857446)

The Canadian Tire online flyer has been doing this for years and it does a better job than the one above as you have free movement of the page corner.
Click on the flyer [shoplocal.com]

Islam? Only if your a retarded bitch. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32856952)

You know the truth. Islam is a destructive force wherever it goes.

Yes... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32856988)

... in the original Myst.

Cessation of forward movement icon (1, Redundant)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 4 years ago | (#32856990)

1. An icon indicating that users must cease forward movement for a designated period of time comprising a large octagonal metal plate with white letters spelling the word "STOP" on a red background with a thin white border.

2. The icon in claim 1 mounted on a wooden post.

3. The icon in claim 2 mounted on a post or surface of any solid material.

4. The icon in claim 1 represented as a graphic painted or otherwise depicted on any flat surface.

5. The icon in claim 4 depicted on a surface of any shape or size.

6. The icon in claim 4 represented in digital or any other electronic form.

7. The icon in claims 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 in which the word "STOP" appears in any human language.

8. The icon in claim 7 in which any shape, color scheme, or graphic layout is used for the icon or its text.

9. The icon in claim 8 with any sort of movement indication in addition to or separate from "STOP," including but not limited to "YIELD," "GO," "SLOW," etc.

10. The icon in claim 9 with any cautionary or supplemental information relevant to physical movement including but not limited to "SCHOOL," "SPEED LIMIT," "DEER CROSSING," "CAUTION," etc.

11. The icon in claim 10 including any kind of numeric or non-numeric complementary metric, including but not limited to "SPEED LIMIT 35 MPH," "CONSTRUCTION ZONE NEXT 5 MILES," etc.

Re:Cessation of forward movement icon (0, Interesting)

SalsaDoom (14830) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857034)

7. The icon in claims 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 in which the word "STOP" appears in any human language.

So... whats "STOP" in Klingon? Patent time baby!

Umm, what about a book? (1)

Souffle (2155) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857010)

Does a Book count as prior art? Or does someone already have a patent on "method for emulating real life object behavior using animated graphical artifacts"?

Prior Art (3, Insightful)

bradgoodman (964302) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857032)

Didn't the "Notepad" "Desk Accessory" in the Original (old-school) MacOS do page-turn animation?

Re:Prior Art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857300)

Sure did.

Prior art from 32 years ago (4, Interesting)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857068)

Animated virtual pages? Nicholas Negroponte has been there and done that, back in 1978. [obs-us.com]

Prior Art (1)

craftycoder (1851452) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857070)

What the hell is novel about this?

Re:Prior Art (1)

HermMunster (972336) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857468)

Not novel, but has to be something that someone skilled in that field would not have been able to work out as a natural progression from an existing concept.

That makes this patent application based on something obvious.

Obviousness! (1)

Otakui (1097169) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857094)

So what's next? Patent for the transmission of information stored as pigment in the form of alphabetical characters on a flexible planar physical medium?

holy douglas adams zebra crossing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857138)

Please let Microsoft patent a method of establishing and deeding intellectual property rights and cause the USPTO to just shut down.

Office Depot has been doing this for years (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857142)

In their weekly sales flyers online. . .

I know one (1)

MaxToTheMax (1389399) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857208)

BeOS had something like this, didn't it?

Old patent application... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857234)

This was requested back during the Courier development years, and filed in January of 2009. So no, there was no prior application or device on the market that did this. And it damn sure isn't a copy of the iPad. This headline is sensationalism at it's best.

I can't wait to see if they get their ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857258)

wheel patent. Just imagine what you could do with four of them and a gas engine.

when are you starting the revolt, America? (2, Insightful)

2fuf (993808) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857264)

What I don't understand is why you keep bending over to get royally ass-raped by the big corporations all the time?!

Kill them all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857290)

Microsucks trying to patent what already is.
Kill the patent trolls.
Ban patents.

Cartoons did it in the 1930's (1)

karl.auerbach (157250) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857326)

Cartoons showed this sort of thing back in the 1930s - I am sure that with a bit of digging we could find Mickey Mouse of Bugs Bunny flipping through the pages of a book.

And there are more than a few movies from the 1940s and 1950s that have their leading credits done with a visible hand turning pages.

There is nothing novel about this idea and it is something that is rather obvious even beyond the people who build computer graphical interfaces.

BeOS had it a decade ago, and I doubt it was first (1)

izomiac (815208) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857376)

The classic BeOS demo video [youtube.com] shows the page turning animation in the intro, and goes into more depth at ~1:50 in the second part [youtube.com] . I remember being pretty impressed with that in 1999, especially given it was on a dual PII 266 MHz.

Awesome! (1)

cfriedt (1189527) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857398)

Oh wait... no, sorry. I misread the title of this article and thought that it said "Microsoft Apologizes for Page-Turn Animation Patent".

Schya... and maybe monkeys will fly out of my ass.

idiots (1)

presidenteloco (659168) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857426)

...well at least those of use who don't want to pay them will all be on the same page...

Thank god! (2, Interesting)

Orgasmatron (8103) | more than 4 years ago | (#32857450)

Now I won't have to suffer through yet another pointless UI animation for an action that should be instant.

25 years ago.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32857466)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpX6TIa3U1o

At about 4:11, you'll see the mighty Commodore 64 running GEOS flipping a page.

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