BlackBerry gets patent for temporary QWERTY keyboard overlay

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.


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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14 Comments

1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Time for typo to sue Blackberry:p

7. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

2. nobrainer

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

they just ripped off Ryan Seacrest idea.

9. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

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

3. lucid.brat unregistered

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

4. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

12. ddavis7387

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

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

5. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

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

6. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Great nobody will buy it anyway

8. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

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

10. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

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

11. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

13. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

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

14. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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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