RIM Explains How the BlackBerry Trackpad Works

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trackpad diagram

The latest BlackBerry devices come with an optical trackpad rather than a trackball. This is great for a couple of reasons: you no longer have to replace your trackball after wear-and-tear, and it looks way cooler.

Inside BlackBerry interviewed David (Vice President of Handheld Products) and Derek (Electronics Designer) to get more details about how the trackpad works. Basically, the optical trackpad is an optical mouse, except your finger is the the desk and you’re moving the desk.

So if you’re interested in knowing how the optical trackpad works, check out the Inside BlackBerry post.

  • http://caspan.com/ Caspan

    Thats too funny I was just asking that question today about them. Great post thanks Kyle

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    Thats too funny I was just asking that question today about them. Great post thanks Kyle

  • jlay

    I hate to be the jerk but Was there really anyone out there who didn’t know how the trackpad worked? Are we gonna post an article about how a CD player reads a disk? This isn’t new tech is it? I’m sorry, I’ll go away now. BTW can you ask RIM why it is they keep pushing out new phones every other month that are only slightly different from their predecessors like my tour from Sprint….. O.k. I’m really going away this time. Bye.

  • jlay

    I hate to be the jerk but Was there really anyone out there who didn’t know how the trackpad worked? Are we gonna post an article about how a CD player reads a disk? This isn’t new tech is it? I’m sorry, I’ll go away now. BTW can you ask RIM why it is they keep pushing out new phones every other month that are only slightly different from their predecessors like my tour from Sprint….. O.k. I’m really going away this time. Bye.