RIM Patent Describes Possible Rotating Keyboard

A recent find, posted on BlackBerryOS, shows that RIM, the maker of Blackberry mobile devices, may not be as asleep-at-the-wheel as some think.  A patent has turned up which reveals plans for a rotating keyboard.  If nothing else, the idea is certainly inventive.

Although from the below image it is still not clear what this would look like, it still speaks volumes to critics of RIM, showing they are still creative.  The patent abstract describes keys rotating from portrait to landscape, although it goes on to describe that custom layouts may be possible.

For the full patent, here is the link.

US Patent Office

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

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Stephen Christensen

Stephen Christensen

Stephen is the Atlantic Canadian contributor for Techvibes.com; reporting Canadian technology news, with a focus on the Maritime provinces.  Having a deep-rooted interest in science and technology for much of his life, he is most interested in mobile technology and social media.  Having been published in various scientific journals, he is completing his Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University... more

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