iPhone Multi-Touch Inventor Talks About His Inspiration
When the iPhone was first unveiled, few had ever seen anything like it before, but it’s origins didn’t start with Apple. The technology behind the multitouch screen we all know and love started when Wayne Westerman and John Elias started a company called Fingerworks in 1998. In an article by the University of Delaware, Westerman gives some insight into the birth of their multi-touch interfaces.
In the article, he says that the multitouch interface they pioneered that eventually ended up in the iPhone was the result of a “stubborn bout” of tendonitis:
“I had an ergonomic problem and I paired it with a motivation,” Westerman said of the early inspiration. “I’d always felt that playing the piano was so much more graceful and expressive than using a computer keyboard, and I thought how great it would be if I pulled some of that expression from the piano to the computer experience.”
Fingerworks created several multitouch devices like keyboards and touch pads, but none of them really took off. They were acquired by Apple in 2005, and Wayne Westerman has been a senior engineer with the company ever since.
The article is an interesting read, and you can do so here.