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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

2 Touch points are better than 1

The current Nintendo DS that we all know and love currently has one touch access. If you touch the DS with one or more objects, only one access point will enter. Nintendo recently filed a patent for not one but TWO touch points. And we thought that the DS was innovative.

STORY: Nintendo was granted a U.S. patent the company filed in July 2004, showing a "Gaming Apparatus" similar in appearance to the DS but with added touch screen functionality. The system shown is capable of recognizing two touch points simultaneously, as well as calculating related distances and angles between the two touched points. The current DS can only recognize one touch point at a time. Very interesting to say the least. I can definitely see this as a partner for FPS and driving games. Imagine the possibilities. Is this a sign of things to come? Is this possibly a "preview" of the next gameboy? I will keep you updated as more develops. Thanks for stopping by! Game ON!