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RIM gets patent for QWERTY that improves the accuracy of typing on a mobile device

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RIM gets patent for QWERTY that improves the accuracy of typing on a mobile device
RIM has received a patent on a QWERTY with angled keys

RIM has received a patent on a QWERTY with angled keys

Filed in  January 2009 by RIM, the USPTO has granted a patent to the Canadian manufacturer for a physical QWERTY that allegedly improves the accuracy of typing on a mobile device. U.S. Patent 8,175,664 is for an "angular keyboard for a handheld mobile communications device". The keys are angled toward the left and right from the center line of the QWERTY. The idea behind the patent was credited to Joseph Hofer, Roman P. Rak and Jason T. Griffin.
 
"Referring now to the figures, arranging the keys along the above-described diagonal motion lines allows a user to more naturally strike the keys. Additionally, such arrangement of the keys allows a user to type with increased accuracy and ease. Furthermore, as illustrated in the figures, the keys can be shaped in a manner to provide additional ergonomic and intuitive feel to the keyboard, e.g., the keys can have a semi-cylindrical cross-sectional shape, and/or have trapezoidal and substantially parallelogram-type shapes."

Ironically, this patent is granted just when RIM is releasing information about its new BlackBerry 10 OS and the first device to come to market with the new software will not offer a physical QWERTY keyboard. But CEO Thorsten Heins has made it clear that RIM's trademark physical keyboard is not gone forever and that the company is developing a BlackBerry 10 model with a physical QWERTY. It is unknown whether that keyboard will incorporate the angled keys displayed in this patent.

source: USPTO via Engadget

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posted on 09 May 2012, 18:37

1. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I personally do not like the keyboard on my BlackBerry. I find that the keys are too close together and I do tend to make typing errors due to how close the keys are together. I much prefer my HTC Desire Z because it is a landscape keyboard slider. The keys are spaced farther apart, so that there is less of a chance that I press the wrong key.

posted on 09 May 2012, 18:58

2. downphoenix (Posts: 2292; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I liked the keyboard personally. Its not the best keyboard perhaps, but its the best Portrait Qwerty hands down, I havent seen a Palm or Android that comes close. Of course, Touch screen portrait on Iphone and Android has gotten really darn good so that's not so relevent tehse days.

posted on 09 May 2012, 22:45 1

7. slaggyb (Posts: 189; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Go get the bold 9900 it got the best qwerty keyboard out there and the keys are spaced out properly.....I have very large thumbs and yet I was comfortable typing with the bold 9700...I got the 9900 now which makes typing such a joy.....

posted on 09 May 2012, 19:22 2

3. DroidGod (Posts: 48; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


I personally do not like RIM

posted on 09 May 2012, 19:36 3

4. Cosmo (Posts: 32; Member since: 03 May 2012)


BlackBerry may not have the best software FOR NOW (wait 'till BB10) but they indeed have the BEST KEYBOARDS! the Curve series is kinda OK but the BOLD keyboard is THEEEE BESSSST! For those who dont agree, they havent used a BOLD yet.. simply one of the major things im sticking to BlackBerry! Cant wait to get my hands on BlackBerry 10!

posted on 09 May 2012, 21:42

5. digicon (Posts: 114; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)


It's THORSTEN Heins foo . . .

posted on 09 May 2012, 21:55 1

6. JcHnd (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Well... a new keyboard won't save them... until they come with better designs and software in their products... still the patent looks promising... now it's all about waiting and see...

posted on 10 May 2012, 00:16

8. -box- (Posts: 3737; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Um, doesn't the recent Porsche Design Blackberry already have this concept in production?

posted on 10 May 2012, 00:47 1

9. LordOfTroll (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 May 2012)


Down you go titanic !

posted on 10 May 2012, 04:43

10. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I hope BB will survive. I like a lot ol' good keyboards. There's nothing better to type on.

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