What Would You Think of a Rotating BlackBerry Keyboard?

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rotating blackberry keyboard

Patents aren’t proof that RIM will be implementing anything but they’re fun to use as talking points. A recent patent filed by RIM shows a BlackBerry using a rotating keyboard, allowing the user to go from landscape keyboard to keypad. The schematics for the device make it look pretty ugly, but a rotating keyboard could be really useful. On the Torch for example, there are moments where you wish you could type on a physical keyboard without having to use the virtual keyboard.

Do you think the rotating keyboard idea looks cool or is it just awkward?

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  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    I don't see the point of it. It looks rather cumbersome.

  • Hoff

    Uh….???…. Pardon my ignorance, but isn't primary reason we use BB's because of the convenience of the size of the keyboard? Of course, let's not forget altogether the “supposed” failure of the Torch (which BTW, I REALLY REALLY want) and it's slider keyboard. I think if this really is something that could come to fruition, it would be a huge failure. I think RIM is grossly over-thinking this if they're considering it. Not to mention, where exactly is the pivot point on this device to enable it to be used on both sides? Is there an arm that extends and inserts into the center between the front and back? I'm just not getting the form factor, so maybe if a mock-up were created I could better visualize this, but just going off the drawing, I'd say no. Just give me a 9780/9800 w/OS6 and I'll be very happy.
    Actually, the ideal device would be a hybrid 97XX W/Touchscreen, dual core processors (1.6G), FFC/8MP Camera w/Flash or Night Vision/, 32 GB internal w/1TB expandable, and of course a customized case to protect my precious device!!!!
    Whoa, I need to step away from the keyboard and have some milk & cookies…..

  • Sebastian

    WTF? There have been far better implementations of rotatable keyboards than that… The Siemens SK65 for example. ;)

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/1111 Eric at Ebscer

    I'm failing to see how this would be preferable to a simple sliding mechanism

  • Phillyeagles

    People want to watch video and good video is in 16:9. Just build a Torch with the slider on the side rather than the bottom…