1. dracolnyte's Avatar
    Apparently was patented last Feb but did a quick search and cannot find it on the forums. it looks like this:
    BlackBerry 10 Slider Patent?-blackberry-concertina-keyboard-patent.jpg

    source: New BlackBerry prototype emerges on web. Could be the first BlackBerry 10 slider : BBin India 's Best BlackBerry Community
    Q10Bold likes this.
    02-20-14 09:25 PM
  2. higherdestiny's Avatar
    Could this be what we're seeing with the windmere?
    02-20-14 09:41 PM
  3. bjschey's Avatar
    Very interesting.

    Posted via BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone
    02-20-14 09:47 PM
  4. higherdestiny's Avatar
    02-21-14 12:04 AM
  5. higherdestiny's Avatar
    Some interesting quotes from those patents.

    "the keypad assembly including one or more groups of keys configured for movable positioning between a first orientation and a second orientation" [...] "wherein, in the first orientation, a top surface of the first member of an individual key structure is exposed to a user, and in the second orientation the top surface of the first member rotationally retracts, or rotationally and translationally retracts into the housing so as to expose an edge surface of the first member. "

    and more!

    "When retracted, the keys may define a styling feature and/or a touch navigation feature. When in the opened position, the multiple rows of keys (e.g., 3, 4, 5 rows) may serve as a fully functional keyboard and can further include touch navigation functionality as well. "

    and

    "The embodiments described herein may facilitate, for example, exposing or hiding a physical keyboard within the footprint of a "standard size" smartphone. In some embodiments, the keyboard may be augmented by touchscreen prompts and thus resides close to the edge of a touchscreen when in use."

    more goodies:

    "in the first orientation of the keypad assembly 104 (as indicated above) the handheld device 100 may be suited for a "full" input experience for the user, in that a fully functional keypad is exposed to facilitate, for example, full text input. Optionally, the first orientation shown in FIG. 2 may also be configured for so-called "touch navigation" that provides additional functionality beyond traditional touch-typing of the individual keys. For example, the keypad assembly 104 in the first orientation may be configured with capacitive touch sensor technology that allows for (for example) navigation between features depicted on the display screen"
    HUNTZODIAC likes this.
    02-21-14 12:18 AM
  6. bspence87's Avatar
    I can't read anything you highlighted with CB in dark theme...
    joejuck, CDM76 and pmccartney like this.
    02-21-14 02:04 AM
  7. The Big Picture's Avatar
    Interesting!


    Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.2141, Z30, Z10, iP5, SGS3
    02-21-14 03:13 PM
  8. CarGuy1368's Avatar
    Touch navigation... could it be the return of the trackpad functionality?

    Posted via the super amazing BlackBerry Q10
    02-21-14 10:18 PM
  9. NickMcBride's Avatar
    Touch navigation... could it be the return of the trackpad functionality?

    Posted via the super amazing BlackBerry Q10
    That's exactly what i had in mind! They just blew my mind if they do this, ill be waiting in line 10 days before it comes out!

    Posted via CB10 on my ? Q10
    02-22-14 03:24 AM
  10. Tom689's Avatar
    A trackpad function would be great but the screen on that is too small
    02-23-14 08:13 AM
  11. MobileMadness002's Avatar
    I can't read anything you highlighted with CB in dark theme...

    Then change your theme. Seems pretty simple of a solution.
    02-23-14 09:15 AM
  12. Plazmic Flame's Avatar
    I can't read anything you highlighted with CB in dark theme...
    Some interesting quotes from those patents.

    "the keypad assembly including one or more groups of keys configured for movable positioning between a first orientation and a second orientation" [...] "wherein, in the first orientation, a top surface of the first member of an individual key structure is exposed to a user, and in the second orientation the top surface of the first member rotationally retracts, or rotationally and translationally retracts into the housing so as to expose an edge surface of the first member. "

    and more!

    "When retracted, the keys may define a styling feature and/or a touch navigation feature. When in the opened position, the multiple rows of keys (e.g., 3, 4, 5 rows) may serve as a fully functional keyboard and can further include touch navigation functionality as well. "

    and

    "The embodiments described herein may facilitate, for example, exposing or hiding a physical keyboard within the footprint of a "standard size" smartphone. In some embodiments, the keyboard may be augmented by touchscreen prompts and thus resides close to the edge of a touchscreen when in use."

    more goodies:

    "in the first orientation of the keypad assembly 104 (as indicated above) the handheld device 100 may be suited for a "full" input experience for the user, in that a fully functional keypad is exposed to facilitate, for example, full text input. Optionally, the first orientation shown in FIG. 2 may also be configured for so-called "touch navigation" that provides additional functionality beyond traditional touch-typing of the individual keys. For example, the keypad assembly 104 in the first orientation may be configured with capacitive touch sensor technology that allows for (for example) navigation between features depicted on the display screen"
    Highlighted parts changed to BOLD instead to help those with a dark theme.
    02-23-14 12:01 PM
  13. Bbnivende's Avatar
    Apparently was patented last Feb but did a quick search and cannot find it on the forums. it looks like this:
    Click image for larger version. 

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    source: New BlackBerry prototype emerges on web. Could be the first BlackBerry 10 slider : BBin India 's Best BlackBerry Community
    Search terms : Patent Slider

    http://forums.crackberry.com/news-ru...kberry-770837/
    02-27-14 04:12 PM

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