An Innovative N-Series Physical Keyboard
Was just thinking of how the N series physical keyboard can be innovative and came up with this idea. I think one of the nice things of the L-Series keyboard is the word suggestions being shown right on the frets next to the letter where it is relevant.
What if for the N-Series RIM had thin LCD strips to create the frets from rather than some chromed plastic. In these LCD frets, the word suggestions similar to the L-Series can be shown. The user can then flick on the LCD fret to auto complete the word. This would provide the same functionality as the L-Series but also have a nice physical keyboard accompanying it. Would love to see this feature!
What does everyone think about this?!
- 12-26-12, 08:24 PM #5
An Innovative N-Series Physical Keyboard
I think the L series has this in place to make typing easier on a touch screen. BlackBerry does amazing physical keyboards and I really don't see how they could improve upon that as of now. Although the idea in itself sounds cool, I don't think it would be very practical on a physical keyboard.
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I think the fret size can be the same, if not just a little bigger. If you look at the touch version of the text overlaid on the frets, there is not much space required. In fact the frets on the N series pics we have seen leaked are pretty tall in comparison to those on my 9700. With the high resolution (high pixel density) displays available today getting text on the fret in a font size that is readable yet doesnt take too much physical space up on the keyboard is not that much of a challenge.
- 12-28-12, 05:36 PM #12
I expect that any kind of word suggestion on the n-series is more likely to take the form of that on the playbook and won't be of any use to the fastest typists, adding complexity to the keyboard by having active frets would mostly just lead to an increase in returns from mechanical failures.
- 12-28-12, 07:35 PM #15
- 12-28-12, 07:48 PM #17
Text feature flags used to turn on and of text features.
If both the on and off flag for a certain feature is set to 1 at the same time, the behavior is undefined. If both are set to 0, the default behavior for the given control and input mode are used.
Default = = 0x00
Default settings for all features will be used.
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VirtualKeyboard = = (1<<12)
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- 12-28-12, 08:22 PM #18
I think they should do something where there is either an e-ink display or LCD display behind the buttons that will change what is on the button depending on what your doing on screen. Samsung tried this a couple years ago with a flip phone, in portrait mode you would get a standard number key, but if you flip it to landscape it became a qwerty. You would get the flexibility of a virtual keyboard but the tactility of a physical keyboard.
Edit: Here is a video of the phone in action.
Last edited by fernandez21; 12-29-12 at 02:56 PM.
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