1. WiseEyes's Avatar
    BlackBerry should devise a remote, SoC keyboard based on the Key2 keyboard -- with a replaceable elastic band, an attachable magnet, & a kickstand bar along the top along the back. Make an app &/or driver for it (for even using the keyboard with other platforms such as IoT, IT, infotainment systems, & mobile).

    The kickstand bar along the top could have expanding ends (similar to those of an inside micrometer). This could give it stability for use on a flat surface (such as a desk/book/etc.).

    The attachable magnet could make it viable for use as an IoT data-entry/door security PIN-entry device.

    The elastic strap could allow for wearable use on one's wrist &/or for hugging any smartphone. If the old keyboard on a smartphone has worn out, this could be a workaround for a solution that could be less invasive than actually repairing (replacing) the phone's native keyboard.

    For full-screen smartphones, the app (running in the background) could use NFC to detect the presence of the keyboard and could work as a screen viewer that could change the screen ratio to temporarily use only the user-specified portion of the screen (upper/lower). If the lower portion of the screen were chosen, the app could flip the screen to keep the keyboard in the traditional ("below-screen ") orientation. This could be useful if the upper portion of the screen were in a damaged condition. By establishing a blacked out portion of the screen, this could also extend battery charge endurance for the host device while this keyboard hugs the host smartphone.

    Other features that could be included or added to variations of this model could include back-lit keys, a flashlight LED, smartwatch (IoT) interaction, antibacterial coating, Qi charging, locator function (for finding it or the host device), gestures, small screen band across the top (for more accurate typing -- especially when not hugging another device -- & for smartkey options), & different colors.

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    02-11-19 09:04 PM
  2. Chuck Finley69's Avatar
    BlackBerry should devise a remote, SoC keyboard based on the Key2 keyboard -- with a replaceable elastic band, an attachable magnet, & a kickstand bar along the top along the back. Make an app &/or driver for it (for even using the keyboard with other platforms such as IoT, IT, infotainment systems, & mobile).

    The kickstand bar along the top could have expanding ends (similar to those of an inside micrometer). This could give it stability for use on a flat surface (such as a desk/book/etc.).

    The attachable magnet could make it viable for use as an IoT data-entry/door security PIN-entry device.

    The elastic strap could allow for wearable use on one's wrist &/or for hugging any smartphone. If the old keyboard on a smartphone has worn out, this could be a workaround for a solution that could be less invasive than actually repairing (replacing) the phone's native keyboard.

    For full-screen smartphones, the app (running in the background) could use NFC to detect the presence of the keyboard and could work as a screen viewer that could change the screen ratio to temporarily use only the user-specified portion of the screen (upper/lower). If the lower portion of the screen were chosen, the app could flip the screen to keep the keyboard in the traditional ("below-screen ") orientation. This could be useful if the upper portion of the screen were in a damaged condition. By establishing a blacked out portion of the screen, this could also extend battery charge endurance for the host device while this keyboard hugs the host smartphone.

    Other features that could be included or added to variations of this model could include back-lit keys, a flashlight LED, smartwatch (IoT) interaction, antibacterial coating, Qi charging, locator function (for finding it or the host device), gestures, small screen band across the top (for more accurate typing -- especially when not hugging another device -- & for smartkey options), & different colors.

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    How much do you propose to charge for this ?
    02-11-19 09:25 PM
  3. Chuck Finley69's Avatar
    BlackBerry should devise a remote, SoC keyboard based on the Key2 keyboard -- with a replaceable elastic band, an attachable magnet, & a kickstand bar along the top along the back. Make an app &/or driver for it (for even using the keyboard with other platforms such as IoT, IT, infotainment systems, & mobile).

    The kickstand bar along the top could have expanding ends (similar to those of an inside micrometer). This could give it stability for use on a flat surface (such as a desk/book/etc.).

    The attachable magnet could make it viable for use as an IoT data-entry/door security PIN-entry device.

    The elastic strap could allow for wearable use on one's wrist &/or for hugging any smartphone. If the old keyboard on a smartphone has worn out, this could be a workaround for a solution that could be less invasive than actually repairing (replacing) the phone's native keyboard.

    For full-screen smartphones, the app (running in the background) could use NFC to detect the presence of the keyboard and could work as a screen viewer that could change the screen ratio to temporarily use only the user-specified portion of the screen (upper/lower). If the lower portion of the screen were chosen, the app could flip the screen to keep the keyboard in the traditional ("below-screen ") orientation. This could be useful if the upper portion of the screen were in a damaged condition. By establishing a blacked out portion of the screen, this could also extend battery charge endurance for the host device while this keyboard hugs the host smartphone.

    Other features that could be included or added to variations of this model could include back-lit keys, a flashlight LED, smartwatch (IoT) interaction, antibacterial coating, Qi charging, locator function (for finding it or the host device), gestures, small screen band across the top (for more accurate typing -- especially when not hugging another device -- & for smartkey options), & different colors.

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    How much do you propose to charge for this ?
    02-11-19 09:25 PM
  4. WiseEyes's Avatar
    I would like to leave that up to BlackBerry -- since I don't know how much it costs to make a true BlackBerry physical keyboard nor how BlackBerry sets its introductory, main, promotional, incentive, & rebound pricing. Designing, fabrication, certifications, testing, packaging, support, & (hopefully) marketing cost money.

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    02-13-19 03:56 AM
  5. stlabrat's Avatar
    pie in the sky - wise indeed (with no cost/price/market study). anything is possible when you don't know (cost/price/market) what you are talking about.
    02-13-19 06:46 AM
  6. stlabrat's Avatar
    OP, if you really think you like your idea - pick up few old BB and take out keyboard (or buy a repair keyboard assembly), add elastic and magnet, etc. make a mock up prototype (no need to be functional). Use it for a while, improve your concept, show us with photo and dwg with pro and con compare to current keyboard on market (including roll up keyboards)... that would be interesting. (I would willing to take a look at it and I am sure other CBers will do so too... we may critical review it - prepare yourself to improve your scheme on its way)
    02-13-19 06:54 AM
  7. Chuck Finley69's Avatar
    I would like to leave that up to BlackBerry -- since I don't know how much it costs to make a true BlackBerry physical keyboard nor how BlackBerry sets its introductory, main, promotional, incentive, & rebound pricing. Designing, fabrication, certifications, testing, packaging, support, & (hopefully) marketing cost money.

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    Then it’s a nonstarter since it’s your idea and you don’t want to follow through. You have to assume that anyone else that shares your idea has already determined it’s just not economically feasible. To move forward, you would need to prove viability and demand or it’s just imagining what it’s like to be something without trying...
    02-13-19 09:04 AM
  8. i_plod_an_dr_void's Avatar
    BlackBerry should devise a remote, SoC keyboard based on the Key2 keyboard -- with a replaceable elastic band, an attachable magnet, & a kickstand bar along the top along the back. Make an app &/or driver for it (for even using the keyboard with other platforms such as IoT, IT, infotainment systems, & mobile).

    The kickstand bar along the top could have expanding ends (similar to those of an inside micrometer). This could give it stability for use on a flat surface (such as a desk/book/etc.).

    The attachable magnet could make it viable for use as an IoT data-entry/door security PIN-entry device.

    The elastic strap could allow for wearable use on one's wrist &/or for hugging any smartphone. If the old keyboard on a smartphone has worn out, this could be a workaround for a solution that could be less invasive than actually repairing (replacing) the phone's native keyboard.

    For full-screen smartphones, the app (running in the background) could use NFC to detect the presence of the keyboard and could work as a screen viewer that could change the screen ratio to temporarily use only the user-specified portion of the screen (upper/lower). If the lower portion of the screen were chosen, the app could flip the screen to keep the keyboard in the traditional ("below-screen ") orientation. This could be useful if the upper portion of the screen were in a damaged condition. By establishing a blacked out portion of the screen, this could also extend battery charge endurance for the host device while this keyboard hugs the host smartphone.

    Other features that could be included or added to variations of this model could include back-lit keys, a flashlight LED, smartwatch (IoT) interaction, antibacterial coating, Qi charging, locator function (for finding it or the host device), gestures, small screen band across the top (for more accurate typing -- especially when not hugging another device -- & for smartkey options), & different colors.

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    I'll see your proposal ...but modify it....basically a priv slider, without the priv! ...so that any phone can snugly slide inside of a shell with the slider drawer opening and closing just like the original priv. Of course it will still have capacitive touch keys. Blue tooth of course. Get Steve Jobs rolling in his grave....the iphone X with a BlackBerry slider keyboard! Boom! Mike Drop! (Samsung Galaxy too!)
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    02-14-19 05:45 AM
  9. WiseEyes's Avatar
    Then it’s a nonstarter since it’s your idea and you don’t want to follow through. You have to assume that anyone else that shares your idea has already determined it’s just not economically feasible. To move forward, you would need to prove viability and demand or it’s just imagining what it’s like to be something without trying...
    Actually, it is a start because the thought has been expressed to this forum where I did not see a list of rules for expressing an idea.

    If you like it, then let's build upon it. If you don't care for it, then don't buy it when it comes out. If it lacked some information, then let us discuss that.

    You should infer from the details of its intended & potential uses that I was serious enough to dig through CB to find where to post it. If you are serious about your criticism, then are you willing to volunteer to help with the very criticism that you express? The point to my response is to showcase how this "process" is in itself raw & comes across as argumentative without a stage 1,2,3...but demands an almost production-ready proposal with schematics, market analysis, & R&D at stage 1. That's the "non-starter"; this expectation. Let's improve upon that because the very prerequisites that you made are what are generally developed through feedback from one's peers -- hence, this forum. Let us discuss & not argue. I welcome constructive comments & will make proverbial lemonade from the zest & pulp of what I glean from what I perceive to be raw, argumentative expectations. Perhaps you're experts, or perhaps I am, or perhaps we're all students. I approach it as the latter. I will look into sketching it out & perhaps a mockup/prototype, but the resounding need is how does one get in touch with BlackBerry to make suggestions? After all, what would be the point of going through this rigamarole that you (& at least one other) prescribe unless the connection were to be obtained. With all of this stated, I thank you for your input, & with a calmer mindset, I also apologize for my argumentative tone.

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    02-14-19 09:40 AM
  10. Chuck Finley69's Avatar
    Actually, it is a start because the thought has been expressed to this forum where I did not see a list of rules for expressing an idea.

    If you like it, then let's build upon it. If you don't care for it, then don't buy it when it comes out. If it lacked some information, then let us discuss that.

    You should infer from the details of its intended & potential uses that I was serious enough to dig through CB to find where to post it. If you are serious about your criticism, then are you willing to volunteer to help with the very criticism that you express? The point to my response is to showcase how this "process" is in itself raw & comes across as argumentative without a stage 1,2,3...but demands an almost production-ready proposal with schematics, market analysis, & R&D at stage 1. That's the "non-starter"; this expectation. Let's improve upon that because the very prerequisites that you made are what are generally developed through feedback from one's peers -- hence, this forum. Let us discuss & not argue. I welcome constructive comments & will make proverbial lemonade from the zest & pulp of what I glean from what I perceive to be raw, argumentative expectations. Perhaps you're experts, or perhaps I am, or perhaps we're all students. I approach it as the latter. I will look into sketching it out & perhaps a mockup/prototype, but the resounding need is how does one get in touch with BlackBerry to make suggestions? After all, what would be the point of going through this rigamarole that you (& at least one other) prescribe unless the connection were to be obtained. With all of this stated, I thank you for your input, & with a calmer mindset, I also apologize for my argumentative tone.

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    Companies, whether BB or BBMo, let alone for any other idea with any other company, are forever interested with proposals that can make them profits from, especially, intellectual property already owned internally. Money and the contacts are never difficult. It’s havimg the profitable successful idea that’s challenging. I’ve spent my life getting in front of people with the products, that’s easy. It’s the better mousetrap, that’s a problem as they shoot holes into the boat. The argumentative tone is what you’ll need if what you believe is really a good idea that can actually be commercially successful. It’s called passion. I’m no techie, so I’m the guy you want to show your completed business proposal to, if you haven’t been able to get in front of the necessary people by that point.
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    02-14-19 10:37 AM
  11. Lukong15's Avatar
    - instead of an elastic have a top & near bottom clamp to retrofit to any phone
    - design the keyboard to be replaceable
    - design 4 ways to connect (Bluetooth, NFC, Magnet & MicroUSB)
    - Design a Landscape (Behind Keyboard) & Portrait (Over Screen) or Land2Sky Versions

    Charge $100

    ...This idea is great, when you think of just simply attaching a keyboard than waiting for someone to make a keyboard phone
    05-15-19 01:48 AM

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