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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] input: Add a detailed multi-touch finger data report protocol (rev2)
On Sun, Dec 28, 2008 at 11:58:57PM +0100, Henrik Rydberg wrote:
> In order to utilize the full power of the new multi-touch devices, a
> way to report detailed finger data to user space is needed. This patch
> adds a multi-touch (MT) protocol which allows drivers to report details
> for an arbitrary number of fingers.
> The driver sends a SYN_MT_REPORT event via the input_mt_sync() function
> when a complete finger has been reported.
> In order to stay compatible with existing applications, the data
> reported in a finger packet must not be recognized as single-touch
> events. In addition, all finger data must bypass input filtering,
> since subsequent events of the same type refer to different fingers.
> A set of ABS_MT events with the desired properties are defined. The
> events are divided into categories, to allow for partial implementation.
> The minimum set consists of ABS_MT_TOUCH_MAJOR, ABS_MT_POSITION_X and
> ABS_MT_POSITION_Y, which allows for multiple fingers to be tracked.
> If the device supports it, the ABS_MT_WIDTH_MAJOR may be used to provide
> the size of the approaching finger. Anisotropy and direction may be
> ABS_MT_ORIENTATION. Devices with more granular information may specify
> general shapes as blobs, i.e., as a sequence of rectangular shapes
> grouped together by a ABS_MT_BLOB_ID.

To clarify: the MT_TOUCH_MAJOR is to track a touchpoint over time, and the
BLOB_ID to compile a arbitrarily shaped touchpoint within the same event?

Would it make sense to allow specification of a blob as bit/bytemask? There
are a few devices that can do detection of multi-color non-rectangular
touchpoints, especially camera-based systems. Limiting these to a sequence of
rectangles means dropping information that may be useful for certain tasks
(e.g. fingerprint detection).
OTOH, a rectangle as bounding box with an accompanying (optional) bytemask can
pass this data on to prospective clients.


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