Apple closed their case so it’s Samsung’s turn to be a little offensive, and to kick things off, they decided to show a couple of early 2000s gesture technologies, LaunchTile and DiamondTouch.
LaunchTile was co-created by Benjamin Bederson who took the stand as a “fact witness” for Samsung. It was for Microsoft’s PocketPC devices and became available in 2004. It helped users access a lot of information and it featured thumbnails that users could zoom in on to access information. Bederson demoed it by showing three different zoom levels. Here’s a look:
This argument is to disprove Apple’s 381 patent which covers the “bounce back” feature, which happens when users move something like a photo or a list beyond the area of the screen.
Of course Apple fought back saying that LaunchTile’s snap back functionality didn’t work when reaching application tiles on the corner of the screen or when zoomed out all the way. Seriously Apple, what difference does that make? You are trying to convince all of us that Samsung copied and that means an exact replica. Everybody is taking previous technologies and improving on them, so I’m not sure what their point is. Apple is arguing that it’s not an exact match, but are Samsung’s products and exact match?
Next up was Adam Bogue, who created DiamondTouch. It was a projector-based table that featured multi-touch gestures. The primary gesture was called FractalZoom, which involved one touch for scrolling and two fingers to pinch and zoom. Interestingly enough Bogue demoed this to Apple in a private meeting in 2003. It didn’t go anywhere, but the email communications between Apple and himself were still intact and was submitted as evidence.
DiamondTouch also developed something called TableCloth, which Samsung used as another argument refuting any infringement on the “bounce back” feature. Bogue said that it was developed for Adobe Flash and it would bounce back images when they were pulled off the screen.
This is only the beginning of Samsung’s arguments. Trust me, they will have a lot more and will probably continue through the middle of next week.