RIM Patents Rotating Keyboard for BlackBerrys?

blackberry-3 I always get a kick when I see the stuff tech companies patent and if it ever becomes a real product. The latest patent from RIM spotted by GoRumors describes a seemingly crazy rotating keyboard that switches between a number pad and a keyboard by rotating it with some sort of connector device. The patent language is a bit hard to decipher and the pictures are even worse…

Here is how RIM describes the patent:

In a first aspect, a handheld electronic device, such as a smartphone, has a first device member and a second device member that are connected via a connector. The second device member is rotatable about a rotation axis that is canted relative to an axis of the second device member. As a result, when the second device member is rotated between a first position and a second position, its orientation changes. This may facilitate, for example, switching the handheld electronic device between a text entry mode and a telephone mode.

Check out some of the images attached to the patent below. I can see RIM maybe doing this with software and a rotation axis but the extra buttons would just take up too much space unless it was a dual sided touchscreen… :) I like to dream a bit.

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Thanks Anand for sending this one in!

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  1. I’m guessing a BLACKPAD add on

  2. for a moment I was excited – I ahd been thinking the only thing that would make the torch better is if I could pivot the display to landscape… ah well. Maybe next time…

  3. Looks too much like the Motorola Backflip. Which was a flop. Stay away from this idea. Who do they have in their design department? People still listening to Pearl Jam and Vanilla Ice? :)

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