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RIM’s Rotating Keyboard Patent Spins Out Into the Public’s Eye

by Mark Hearn | April 20, 2012April 20, 2012 3:00 pm PDT

In the world of smartphones we’ve seen keyboards that slide out, pop out, flip open and do a little twist, but a recently outed patent filed in 2010 by RIM discusses a keyboard with different dance moves. The patent application describes a physical keyboard that has the ability to move around the housing of the device it’s attached to. For example, if the phone’s operator wanted to switch from portrait to landscape mode, the keyboard could be adjusted to function in either position. This may not sound so cutting edge to those of you that have written physical keyboards out of your mobile equation, but many believe that there’s still an audience for additional hardware keyboards. Since this was filed about a year and a half ago, it remains uncertain if RIM plans on actually implementing feature in any of its future devices.

[via: USPTO]


Mark Hearn

Mark Hearn is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. Covering the mobile scene for several years, he also has a love for film, sports, gaming...

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