03/12: UPDATE2: Moixa awarded several new patents on data batteries, mobile batteries and advanced portable interfaces : http://1.usa.gov/oXCEpl
UPDATE: Moixa is awarded a patent on its apple sized multi-touch sphere that can be used to display the world (e.g. Google Earth), browse web pages or control interactive games.
UPDATE, 13th July 2010, Moixa awarded US Patent US7755605 on spherical display covering a 3D spherical display/3D Mouse with multi-touch / haptic / navigation control, dating from 2004 filing.
FILE: London, 31st March 2009, Moixa, the UK based pioneers of folding keyboards and USBCELL re-usable batteries announced today that it has been awarded a patent GB2414309 on Sphere – a spherical hand-held display and control device. Sphere, which is the size and weight of an apple (and can also be recharged by opening a leaf like petal), can display an interactive world map (such as Google Earth), navigate the web or interact with applications. The device supports multi-touch interactions for zoom, selection, as well as 6 degree rotational and gyroscopic actions, with particular application in interactive games or complex control situations such as interacting with a nearby 3D screen or virtual space.
In Moixa tradition, Sphere can also be collapsed, used and stored in its second form - a flat ellipsoid. The patents, filed in 2004 also disclose advanced multi-touch surface interaction and gyroscopic control benefits.
Moixa founder Simon Daniel comments, "Sphere is part of an expanding IP portfolio of geometric forms that rethink the axioms of advanced portable computing. This started with cuboid folding keyboards, through flat/extendable mice and rollable screens to cylindrical re-usable batteries, and now spherical forms. In the future, phones and portable computing devices reduce to input/output and power. Sphere reinvents the look and feel of the advanced portable device as we rely more on services, memory and mapping stored on the web".
William Blake's insight captures the spirit of Sphere when he said 'To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour'.
Sphere is under development for release 209 years after William Blakes's insight, in 2010 and is linked to the commercial availability of flexible screen materials. For license opportunities or to register interest in product updates, please visit moixa.com/sphere or moixadesign.com. Moixa pioneers portable devices and won a top 50 global iF Gold design award last year for pioneering sustainable USBCELL batteries (www.usbcell.com)