updated 04:40 pm EST, Tue November 20, 2007
Apple's Shake UI patent
Apple today won three patents from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, one of which relates to the user interface of its Shake pro application for advanced digital compositing. The Shake-related patent, titled "Depth ordering of planes and displaying interconnects having an appearance indicating data characteristics," details displaying interconnects with a visual indication of the data characteristics. Determining a depth ordering between two planes in a 3D workspace is achieved by projecting vectors from a reference position through points of interest on the planes, according to Apple's invention.
Apple's new method is demonstrated via an image of three multimedia items in Shake as they rest atop one another in 3D space.
The Cupertino-based company also won a patent titled "Apparatus and method for indicating password quality and variety" as a means for indicating the quality and variety of a password used for computer system authentication. A third patent, titled "Wire bonding method and apparatus for integrated circuit," describes package arrangement to reduce loop inductance in the realm of circuitry.