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BlackBerry gets patent for temporary QWERTY keyboard overlay

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BlackBerry gets patent for temporary QWERTY keyboard overlay
A patent awarded to BlackBerry shows off a new physical QWERTY keyboard that also doubles as a touch sensitive display. The QWERTY apparently can slide onto the device when in use, and slides up and down the screen of the BlackBerry model it would be used on. According to the patent it would appear that each key would have two functions. One would be when the key is depressed and the other would be when the key is touched.

The exact title of the patent is "Temporary keyboard having some individual keys that provide varying levels of capacitive coupling to a touch-sensitive display." In the patent, BlackBerry notes that such overlays are already commercially available, but only to type on. The QWERTY that BlackBerry has patented also doubles as a touchscreen input.

The images of the physical keyboard in the patent resemble the odd QWERTY keyboard seen on a prototype of a high-end device codenamed the BlackBerry Windermere. That keyboard lacked number and punctuation keys. This could mean that depressing the keys will input letters, while using the touchscreen input of the QWERTY will input numbers and punctuation.
 
BlackBerry has tried other ideas in an attempt to improve the typing capabilities on its smartphones. Back in 2008, it debuted the SurePress clickable QWERTY on the BlackBerry Storm 9530. The idea was to make clicking on the phone's glass feel as though the user was pressing a physical button. The idea flopped even though it was improved on the BlackBerry Storm 2, and was never used again by the manufacturer.

"A physical keyboard having a plurality of individual keys temporarily overlays a touch-sensitive display. Each individual key selectively provides either of a first level of capacitive coupling and a second, different level of capacitive coupling to the touch-sensitive display. By one approach the key provides that first level of capacitive coupling to the touch-sensitive display when a user asserts the key (for example, by pressing upon the key) to thereby communicate to the touch-sensitive display a selection of that individual key. The key can provide that second level of capacitive coupling when a user touches, but does not assert, the individual key. So configured, this second level of capacitive coupling serves to communicate to the touch-sensitive display an input instruction other than a selection of that individual key."-BlackBerry patent filing

The patent was filed in August 2012 and while some of you might think that this would prove BlackBerry's case against Typo, that suit is about the actual design and look of the keys, which resemble those on the BlackBerry Q10


source: USPTO, BlackBerryVietnam (translated), BBNews.pl (translated) via BerryReview

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posted on 07 Mar 2014, 01:57

1. Duketytz (Posts: 475; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Time for typo to sue Blackberry:p

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 08:04

7. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


The report said that this patent was filed way way back in time. August 2012.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 03:43

2. nobrainer (Posts: 16; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


they just ripped off Ryan Seacrest idea.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 11:41

9. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


How so, when BlackBerry filed for this patent in 2012, long before seacrests blatant rip off came to market?

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:05 4

3. lucid.brat (Posts: 92; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


How can typo sue blackberry when BB already got the patent????

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:38 1

4. reckless562 (Posts: 769; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


the blackberry Storm woulda COULDA been a successfull phone if the SOFTWARE didnt suck soooooo dammmnnn haaaarrrrd!!! X 0 X !!!! (it was reeaalllyyy bad) i remember goin in to a vzw store like "FINALLY!!! a touchscreen Blackberry!!!" n the screen even CLICKS!!! but the Software was Buggy, slow, and Unresponsive as hell!!!! so that i think killed blackberry in its touchscreen tracks. we shall see if this newest itteration of keeping the keyboard "clicks" (lol!) with consumers. i know ill be there to try it out at the minimum.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 15:27

12. ddavis7387 (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Mar 2014)


yes i remember i ordered it and was let down. That was the begining of a loooong list of missteps for Berry

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 07:43

5. Zeeya (Posts: 194; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


is it already April? Geeze... times goes too fast...

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 08:03

6. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Great nobody will buy it anyway

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 11:39 1

8. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Wrong. Many people will buy it. Stop trying to force your insignificant troll-ish views on others. Begone, troll.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 15:53

10. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Your such a fool...I cannot stand people like you. Blackberry is a failure and done!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 16:41

11. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


I don't give a sh** if you can't stand me. You're an idiot! And no one listens to an idiot or cares what he thinks or how he feels. BlackBerry isn't a failure. The only failure here is YOU.

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 23:18

13. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Keep backing Blackberry and when it fails you will finally realize the better options available to consumers

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:55

14. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


I will keep backing BlackBerry. And when they succeed, you will realize that you've been a fool all of this time.

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