1. wincyUt's Avatar
    Yep, interesting times ahead!!!

    "BlackBerry has just registered a new patent for a tactile keypad, something very similar to the Windermere with the featured gesture-based keyboard that we reported on a few weeks ago. Sounds like BlackBerrys CEO John Chen wants to take the already impressed BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard that everyone loves an enhance it with some features we never seen before.

    The document describes the structure and operation of the keyboard, which apparently is pretty standard overlay for the phone and the screen, some have seen already on the market. More information on the patent description: "

    BlackBerry receives patent for tactile keypad overlay with touch-sensitive display - BlackBerry Empire
    Mecca EL likes this.
    03-06-14 08:07 AM
  2. thurask's Avatar
    Filed in August 2012, so apparently they either had Windermere in the cards for well over a year, or this has nothing to do with it.
    03-06-14 08:22 AM
  3. wincyUt's Avatar
    Filed in August 2012, so apparently they either had Windermere in the cards for well over a year, or this has nothing to do with it.
    Understood, but the keyword is "very similar to the Windermere.....", so it's only referencing the Windermere.
    03-06-14 08:46 AM
  4. mphillips828's Avatar
    How would this work? So its like a case that goes over your full touchscreen phone, and this case allows you to use a physical keyboard? But this keyboard case also allows for gestures? How can you do gestures when they are physical keys?
    03-06-14 10:00 AM
  5. Jerale Hoard's Avatar
    I already started a thread about it on Tuesday. This is the gesture based keypad that's been in the works.

    http://forums.crackberry.com/showthread.php?t=911809


    BlackBerry gets patent for a tactile keypad !!!-1394133074168_360717.jpeg

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    03-06-14 01:18 PM
  6. wincyUt's Avatar
    I already started a thread about it on Tuesday. This is the gesture based keypad that's been in the works.

    It seems BlackBerry has their own "TYPO" type of patent - BlackBerry Forums at CrackBerry.com


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    The two threads are discussing different things. Your thread is talking "it seems BB has..." and this thread is saying "BB got.." One is hypothetical and the other is definitive. Anyway, nothing to lose sleep about; members can choose whichever thread they like.
    Btw I didn't see your post before. No problems.
    03-06-14 01:47 PM
  7. EchoTango's Avatar
    This look like a next gen slider.

    The keyboard slides on and once not needed, it slides off. Also, notice the "holster keyboard" on the right side.

    Probably looks better in actual design than in the diagram.
    03-06-14 02:05 PM
  8. wincyUt's Avatar
    This look like a next gen slider.

    The keyboard slides on and once not needed, it slides off. Also, notice the "holster keyboard" on the right side.

    Probably looks better in actual design than in the diagram.
    If the keyboard slides off, maybe a few people will lose it or misplace it. But then again, maybe BlackBerry wants to pull the rug from under TYPO by making keyboard sliders in different sizes that can be compatible to all sorts of phones. We shall see what BBRY has shaking and baking.
    Last edited by wincyUt; 03-06-14 at 06:37 PM.
    03-06-14 06:25 PM

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