1. tinochiko's Avatar
    What about a physical keyboard that has symbols that you can change depending on what language you want, one negative of the keyboard is it doesn't change for bi lingual+ individuals who when visiting another country, want to type in that country's language, I'm sure this idea is already out there in some form, but this would be something innovative could add to their phones.

    I'm thinking something like illuminated symbols.. and I'm sure it would cut down the cost of having to install different keyboards for different markets too, one size fits all..

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    03-31-14 03:00 AM
  2. badiyee's Avatar
    What about a physical keyboard that has symbols that you can change depending on what language you want, one negative of the keyboard is it doesn't change for bi lingual+ individuals who when visiting another country, want to type in that country's language, I'm sure this idea is already out there in some form, but this would be something innovative could add to their phones.

    I'm thinking something like illuminated symbols.. and I'm sure it would cut down the cost of having to install different keyboards for different markets too, one size fits all..

    TechCraze C0008DDD1
    If I recall correctly,

    the very first reiteration of such a keyboard exists as a gaming keyboard for desktops. It was I think, USD2000.
    03-31-14 03:04 AM
  3. SunshineStateFlyer's Avatar
    This would be awesome but it's zero feasibility. The displays would have to be extremely durable, small and HD. The costs of such a keyboard would be excessive - especially R&D.

    BlackBerry is on the rise in emerging markets. Nobody's willing to pay such an amount of dollars on a thing that is still a gadget.

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    03-31-14 03:36 AM
  4. boeingrules's Avatar
    This would be awesome but it's zero feasibility. The displays would have to be extremely durable, small and HD. The costs of such a keyboard would be excessive - especially R&D.

    BlackBerry is on the rise in emerging markets. Nobody's willing to pay such an amount of dollars on a thing that is still a gadget.

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    Exactly what I was thinking. It would be a nightmare because I doubt BlackBerry could execute such a new idea well enough right now.

    What I was thinking would be more feasible is a touch sensitive keyboard, which I believe BlackBerry has already submitted a patent for. It would essentially be a keyboard also serving as a track pad which could be used to swipe along either other gestures.

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    03-31-14 03:47 AM
  5. garnok's Avatar
    it will increase BB price....according to recent report most people tend to buy a cheaper smartphone
    03-31-14 04:59 AM
  6. boeingrules's Avatar
    it will increase BB price....according to recent report most people tend to buy a cheaper smartphone
    That's kind of a no brainer though...

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    03-31-14 07:18 AM
  7. belfastdispatcher's Avatar
    What about a physical keyboard that has symbols that you can change depending on what language you want, one negative of the keyboard is it doesn't change for bi lingual+ individuals who when visiting another country, want to type in that country's language, I'm sure this idea is already out there in some form, but this would be something innovative could add to their phones.

    I'm thinking something like illuminated symbols.. and I'm sure it would cut down the cost of having to install different keyboards for different markets too, one size fits all..

    TechCraze C0008DDD1
    Not really a problem in Europe as the vast majority use the Latin alphabet.


    #believeinfilm
    03-31-14 07:54 AM
  8. TGR1's Avatar
    Not really a problem in Europe as the vast majority use the Latin alphabet.


    #believeinfilm
    That's an amazingly self-centered view. Particularly since BBRY strongholds, so to speak, are mainly in countries that do not.

    As for OP's idea: I agree it's too pricey for anyone to even try. Keyboard phones also don't sell in the vast numbers needed to bring the price down.
    03-31-14 08:32 AM
  9. tinochiko's Avatar
    Well the whole point of innovation is to to figure out the best and cheapest way to do something, it wouldn't need to be extravagant, and could be there as something for those who can afford it if the price required is too high, all I'm saying is having such a device on the portfolio could be really beneficial, I'm not talking about a display on each of the keys, I'm sure given enough time a cheaper, simpler alternative could be thought of..

    Of the top of my head I'm thinking physically maybe a plastic sheet on top of the keyboard, there's a startup that's already managed to create a tactile thin plastic sheet, place it over the keyboard and it could alter to the user's choice..

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    03-31-14 09:58 AM
  10. tinochiko's Avatar
    Not really a problem in Europe as the vast majority use the Latin alphabet.


    #believeinfilm
    That's nice.. funny I didn't specify Europe as a target market but thanks anyway, your comment is much appreciated..

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    03-31-14 09:59 AM
  11. Affinity4BlkBrry's Avatar
    .....or perhaps add a new "COOL" factor to future BlackBerry device keyboards by having the options to change the illuminating colors of the actual keyboard itself; for instance, instead of the all standard white back-lit keyboard, offer colors like maybe blues, reds, or greens.....dig what I'm sayin'?
    03-31-14 10:05 AM
  12. early2bed's Avatar
    Sounds like this would be significantly more costly and maintenance intensive than a virtual keyboard. If you could get the end user to pay $100 more for it and put up with the additional hardware problems then it could be worth it.

    I'm not sure if there would be much of a cool factor since most users would only ever use one keyboard. Seems like a bit of a waste to have all that technology in each button so that it could display one letter over the lifetime of the device.

    On second thought this is a bad idea.
    03-31-14 10:17 AM
  13. AnimalPak200's Avatar
    Probably easier selling hot-swappable snap on keyboard assemblies. That way only those that need it will incur the additional cost, and they get a tangible good (which humans seem to like to pay for more than software).

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    03-31-14 10:23 AM
  14. tinochiko's Avatar
    Probably easier selling hot-swappable snap on keyboard assemblies. That way only those that need it will incur the additional cost, and they get a tangible good (which humans seem to like to pay for more than software).

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    Hmmmm, But durability may be an issue there

    TechCraze C0008DDD1
    03-31-14 10:31 AM
  15. AnimalPak200's Avatar
    Hmmmm, But durability may be an issue there

    TechCraze C0008DDD1
    Perfect, make them keep buying more "re-fills".

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    03-31-14 10:55 AM
  16. tinochiko's Avatar
    Perfect, make them keep buying more "re-fills".

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    Lol but not really helping the brand image..

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    03-31-14 10:56 AM
  17. AnimalPak200's Avatar
    Lol but not really helping the brand image..

    TechCraze C0008DDD1
    I'm still buying Gillette razors after all these years... lol

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    03-31-14 11:46 AM
  18. tinochiko's Avatar
    I'm still buying Gillette razors after all these years... lol

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    Okay, but with BlackBerry's current situation, they shouldn't be doing anything to further jeopardise their position, reliability is key.. I would rather they spend a lot of money doing it well, than a little money doing it poorly..

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    03-31-14 12:09 PM
  19. early2bed's Avatar
    As an English-speaking or whatever-speaking person, why would I want to put up with the creakiness and breaking of a swappable keyboard when I'm never going to swap out the keyboard? You're giving me all the extra potential hassle just to use one keyboard - the one that it came with. Just one more thing to fly off the device when you drop it.
    03-31-14 12:10 PM
  20. tinochiko's Avatar
    As an English-speaking or whatever-speaking person, why would I want to put up with the creakiness and breaking of a swappable keyboard when I'm never going to swap out the keyboard? You're giving me all the extra potential hassle just to use one keyboard - the one that it came with. Just one more thing to fly off the device when you drop it.
    Which is why I would rather they invest in a more permanent solution that doesn't take back form the user experience but gives more, it could evolve yo where you can have emojis symbols displayed on the keyboard..

    TechCraze C0008DDD1
    03-31-14 12:41 PM
  21. qwerty4ever's Avatar
    What about a physical keyboard that has symbols that you can change depending on what language you want, one negative of the keyboard is it doesn't change for bi lingual+ individuals who when visiting another country, want to type in that country's language, I'm sure this idea is already out there in some form, but this would be something innovative could add to their phones.

    I'm thinking something like illuminated symbols.. and I'm sure it would cut down the cost of having to install different keyboards for different markets too, one size fits all..

    TechCraze C0008DDD1
    You could create and sell keyboard overlays to provide these alternate key assignments.

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    04-01-14 09:08 PM
  22. tinochiko's Avatar
    You could create and sell keyboard overlays to provide these alternate key assignments.

    Posted via CB10
    Elaborate on overlays?? Like the plastic sheets I described?

    TechCraze C0008DDD1
    04-02-14 02:08 AM

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