Microsoft recently patented a new technology named “Using an Alternate Input Device as a Maneuverable Emulated Touch Screen Device” that comes under the category of ingenious inventions if it works well as it does in the patent drawings. Microsoft stated that the company is working on an input mode trigger that will allow an advanced computing system to treat inputs from a touch sensing device (trackpads) like touch inputs.
With the touch sensing feature, a user will be able to control any focus area input within the operating system. This will be based on the detected maneuver touch input program on the touchpad or similar hardware, and the focus area in Windows 10 will be shifted to a new position. With this, one can also use two fingers to shift the focus area in Windows 10 and perform other touch gestures, like zoom in or zoom out. They can also swipe downwards with their finger from the top subsequently shut down an app. However, this thing will only work when the user extends the ‘focus area’ to cover the top portion of the UI.
“The result of the touch gestures on the trackpad will be highlighted within the focus area input mechanism on screen. These can be used to affect the underlying content on the canvas immediately,” the patent filing stated. The patented “input mode trigger” wouldn’t be affected by things like a user wearing gloves or glasses. One can use the existing trackpads to control the movement within the focus area of the operating system. However, they would still need a trackpad or other touch sensing hardware to enable the touch control feature on a non-touchscreen display.
However, patents don’t always end up as final products, especially the patents filed by Microsoft, but it seems as though Microsoft can be viewed as a family of new devices.
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