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Old 12-19-2007, 05:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just came across this today on a ZDNet Blog. Did a search here, but couldn't find it... So.. Here it is for your perusal!

» BlackBerry Patent app describes and shows xxx8220;angular keyboardxxx8221; | The BlackBerry Beat | ZDNet.com

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Old 12-19-2007, 05:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very cool, thanks!

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Old 12-20-2007, 01:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thats unusual..
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yea I'm not to sure I get the point of a keyboard designed like this... is it supposed to easier on the thumbs for crackberry addicts? Seems to me that angling the keys might make it worse
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Very cool. I think that angling the keys like that would make things easier.

Although, using a M$ ergonomic keyboard on a PC that is split in half like that is a PITA.
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Interesting. Just when I'll get used to amini keyboard they go and change it
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...using a M$ ergonomic keyboard on a PC that is split in half like that is a PITA.
I've always found the ergonomic keyboards to be extremely comfortable to use. After working on an ergonomic keyboard for a while a standard flat keyboard feels very cramped. I'd be very interested to see what can be done with an ergonomic-handheld keyboard. The question in my mind is: how will the QWERTY layout translate to the angled keypad?
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Will have to wait to see how it "feels."
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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look cool and i hope it number key on the top without had to use alt button for number to type
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:40 AM   #10 (permalink)
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It's very doubtful that they would have a patent published to the USPTO website prior to the release of the actual device it would be used on. This seems to be more of an R&D patent that will never see the light of day (but it's still good to get the patents for these sort of endeavors, and RIM does this quite a bit). Honestly, snooping on the USPTO website for patents is a "fun" way to pass some time (I've found myself doing just that), but it rarely will reveal anything resembling useful information that pre-dates a device/product launch.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:28 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It's just a patent for someone won't steal it and if they do then they'll sue.
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I'd say that keyboard is definitely more ergonomic. Check it out, hold your BB and move your thumbs back and forth. The keys on this new board are in line with the lines your thumbs transcribe.
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:04 AM   #13 (permalink)
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that patent was filed in June, 2006 according to the image. probably a design that was never implemented and has long been in the garbage bin. that said, I'd love to try it out
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It would sure make it hard to type with one hand while driving...
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many states are outlawing texting while driving anyway lol
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:58 AM   #16 (permalink)
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many states are outlawing texting while driving anyway lol
I don't drive an anyway, I have a buick...

Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick?
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