Geek.com speculates about the multitouch abilities of the iSlate.
“[The] iSlate will sport cool FingerWorks’ stuff not found on the iPhone, including a somewhat complex new vocabulary of finger gestures that will enable “unique multitouch experiences,” like launching apps by putting three fingers down and performing rotate gesture. The tablet will also run a multitouch-optimized iWork version, a source said, meaning the iSlate could be a portable content creation device rather than a dumb media player with a flashy interface.
Apple acquired Fireworks in 2005, and most of the current Multitouch implementation is based on their technology. Fingerworks’ founders John Elias and Wayne Westerman became Apple engineers tasked with researching and perfecting multitouch technology and have been listed as inventors on many of Apple’s touch patents.
Firework’s products originally took Multitouch much further, with more complex gestures. In an interview, a Fireworks product manager said back in 2004:
“Our TouchStream gesture keyboards pack a lot of power. People are amazed by all the things a hand gesture user interface provides. We have a large number of easy- to-use gestures that cover just about every common computer operation. Users don’t have to reach for hot-keys because gestures are faster and easier to do. Reaches for the touchpad are also eliminated because the pointing function always stays with the fingers. “
This certainly would indicate that the iSlate is more of a portable content creation device than a passive reader.
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