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.