Latest in Blackberry

Image credit:

RIM files patent for flipping, rotating smartphone keyboard

Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Now we've seen some pretty wild keyboard patent applications in the past, from folding keyboards, angled keyboards, keyboards you can reconfigure by hand, and even keyboards with displays in every key (hello Optimus Maximus). But now RIM seems to have a new take on the smartphone keyboard concept. The company has filed a patent application for a keyboard which not only can be turned 90 degrees from portrait to landscape orientation (that you hold in a portrait manner, kind of like a reverse of this hideous thing), but one which flips as well. In the diagram the phone-maker provides, a numeric pad could be spun around to become a QWERTY input surface, and the whole rig repositioned to make for more comfortable typing. Now, it's not clear how exactly RIM plans to mechanically turn this into a reality, but given the company's recent interest in non-standard form factors, it's not totally inconceivable that this could be turned from patent fantasy to smartphone reality. Of course, we're not sure RIM should be worrying about its keyboards so much as it should be concerned with the software and internals of the devices themselves. You're actually doing the keyboards right... maybe some work elsewhere is in order?

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Blizzard may reveal 'Diablo IV' at Blizzcon

Blizzard may reveal 'Diablo IV' at Blizzcon

View
Georgia court rules police need a warrant to get data from your car

Georgia court rules police need a warrant to get data from your car

View
Google adds seasonal Nest doorbell ringers in time for Halloween

Google adds seasonal Nest doorbell ringers in time for Halloween

View
NordVPN admits to 'isolated' server breach in Finland

NordVPN admits to 'isolated' server breach in Finland

View
Mitt Romney has a ridiculous Twitter alias: Pierre Delecto

Mitt Romney has a ridiculous Twitter alias: Pierre Delecto

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr