Originally Posted by maverick18x
EXACTLY! Just grab your iPod for a second. Your one opposable thumb does all the work, the other four fingers just grip the thing. Now hold it the same way, but instead try to articulate your four fingers on the back... I find myself either gripping it with my thumb on the front or balancing the whole thing on my pinky finger. The only action I can do is a horizontal slide across the back, I definitely can't do any sort of click wheel motion.
I feel like this patent might just be blatant disinformation.
Have you ever thought the actual ipod interface is not so ergonomic ?
Each time you scroll the click wheel you grab the half bottom part of the ipod, givin it an unballanced grip, stressing you not to drop it.
This is specially true for the 5th gen with it's slim form factor, the device does not rest in your palm but at the tip of your fingers. Release you thumb and it falls.
Now turn your ipod upside down and use you index to control a click wheel or a touchpad at the bottom of the unit: -> firm grip, full view on the display, no stress, precision of the index finger.