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When I saw pinch to zoom, my first thought was, Minority Report.

Can a 2002 movie be prior art for a user interface? Because in this case it really deserved to be.

I think so. There is a myth about a Donald Duck comic being used as prior art when denying a patent application. It could be true since the patent was indeed denied, but sadly the records of why has been lost.


A similar, gesture based interface was present in Johnny Mnemonic (1995). I can't recall if it included pinch to zoom, but the gesture based interface was there.

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