Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Apple Exploring 3D Desktop and Application Interfaces

In one new patent titled Multidimensional Desktop, Apple includes a number of diagrams depicting what such a desktop might look like and how it would work. This figure shows a multidimensional desktop environment alongside what Apple describes as a multidimensional application environment. Along the side are a number of three-dimensional "function" icons that may trigger certain commands on each surface. These icons can be manipulated in 3D with a physics model so the icons can appropriately "fall" if displaced. Another figure shows that windows could be dragged or displaced across multiple surfaces. Each surface could have its own characteristics and cause icons or windows to display different information.

via macrumors.

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