RIM patents sliding QWERTY keyboard w/ Trackball

February 29, 2008 | By | 9 Comments

RIM slider device

Maybe a touch screen BlackBerry is in RIM’s future after all. RIM has filed a patent today showing off a new slide out keyboard, which would come from under the screen. The patent which is titled “HYBRID PORTRAIT-LANDSCAPE HANDHELD DEVICE WITH TRACKBALL NAVIGATION AND QWERTY HIDE-AWAY KEYBOARD” would make perfect sense for RIM’s next generation berry. The description of the patent is as follows:

A device is disclosed for use in two different orientations. In one orientation, the keyboard is exposed to the user. This orientation is named the landscape orientation because the device will be positioned such that its width is larger than its height. The user would opt for the landscape orientation for tasks that require the keyboard, such as inputting data, drafting emails, sending emails, and other functions typically associated with a standard computer. The other orientation is named the portrait orientation because the device will be positioned such that its height is larger than its width. In addition, the keyboard is not used in this orientation and therefore hidden away. The user would opt for the portrait orientation for tasks such as making and receiving telephone calls and for reading documents and emails. The device detects the orientation positioned by the user and modifies the elements shown on the display screen so that they are presented in the correct orientation to the user. [Source]

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