RIM Patents Insane QWERTY Keyboard Configuration After Too Much Eggnog

Perhaps I’m seeing things here, but the diagram above simply does not make much sense to me. As you can see, RIM has patented a new keyboard configuration that has left me scratching my head. I have to admit, I had a few ‘eggnogs’ last night, but it appears as though the design team over at RIM has been doing the same for quite some time. I just can’t see how this would be practical.

From the looks of things the keyboard is a modified SureType QWERTY keyboard that has some sort of weird flip-out keys at the sides of the device to give you the full SureType keyboard. Odd.

I’m sitting here scratching my head on this one. Can you imagine what a pain in the you-know-what it would be, if you had to always flip out those extra keys on your device? I couldn’t have that. My advice to RIM? Build a full-QWERTY into the device instead, or just come up with a slider of sorts. Problem solved… with no need to pull some sort of crazy McGyver button reconfiguration trick that doesn’t make sense.

[Via: CellPassion]

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