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Multi-Touch Page Flipping eBook Concept Shown on an iPad

The KAIST Institute of Information Technology Convergence has posted this video demonstrating their patented eBook interface prototype.

The prototype is implemented on an Apple iPad but reportedly uses private Apple APIs, according to the video description. The use of private APIs would prevent the app from being approved for the App Store, but the video shows a number of novel ways to navigate eBooks besides the simple "page flip" motion found on Apple's iBooks app.


The new gestures shown include:

- Page Flipping, by spreading pages and then flipping through
- Page Flipping with finger bookmarking
- Multiple page turning using multiple fingers
- Faster swipes turning multiple page
- Longer presses, then swiping can turn multiple pages
- Writing the page number

Interactive eBooks have been a big topic of discussion over this past week, since Apple's launch of iBooks 2 with their new electronic textbooks. (via Reddit)

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34 months ago
There are some good ideas here and there and I too want Apple to incorporate some of these features on iBooks.

The one problem I see is that the gestures are too complicated and confusing. The one thing people like about ebook reading on the iPad is the simplicity of it. People could easy get confused if you add that much functionality.

But I'm sure Apple will find a way to make them less complicated. :)
Rating: 13 Votes
34 months ago
Wow, now that IS a nice touch to conventional eBook reading!
Rating: 13 Votes
34 months ago

There are some good ideas here and there and I too want Apple to incorporate some of these features on iBooks.

The one problem I see is that the gestures are too complicated and confusing. The one thing people like about ebook reading on the iPad is the simplicity of it. People could easy get confused if you add that much functionality.

But I'm sure Apple will find a way to make them less complicated. :)


Agreed.

A bit too much
Rating: 10 Votes
34 months ago
PROTIP: Average people don't bother learning gestures.
Rating: 8 Votes
34 months ago
I particularly like the page number writing part. Hopefully iBooks will evolve into this, or at least some variation of it.
Rating: 8 Votes
34 months ago
Too complicated for the average consumer.
Rating: 6 Votes
34 months ago
Certainly cool concepts; Apple should get on buying this company (or hiring the guys in it) immediately--even if they don't use the specific technologies, they seem to have the right idea about how touch interface should work and some good ideas.

The pause-to-turn-more-pages gesture I don't think would work with a broad user base--from what I've seen, a LOT of nontechnical users, particularly older ones, have a tendency to move very slowly, which could confuse a gesture like that when they start getting multiple page flips for no apparent reason. I'm also not convinced that the multi-finger gestures would work without confusing people unaware of them, but not positive about that one.

The edge-of-screen gesture, however, is genius, because it's not going to interfere with inexperienced/slow-fingered users, has an obvious visual cue about what it's doing, and a huge amount of utility (particularly the flipping-for-rapid-advance part).
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago
That's pretty slick.
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago
This is proof that with 1000+ years of publishing technology, the humble book is still the preferred physical medium.
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago

Not a single flaw in any of their implementations.


Just one: it's unnecessary. It makes for nice eye candy, but that's about it. Why should I struggle with flipping virtual pages when, by tapping, I can get an entire visual index at the bottom of the page? I agree with others: e-books aren't paper books. It's not about re-creating the mannerisms of a real book; it's about finding new ways to interact that are more efficient than a real book.
Rating: 4 Votes

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