Feeds

HTC applies for multi-keypad sliderphone patent

Thumbs at the ready

The Power of One Infographic

HTC has filed a patent application for a handheld electronic device that combines a multi-directional slider design with a keypad stretched beyond the dimensions of the gadget’s display.

HTC_patent_slide

HTC's patent sketch: the large keypad slides in many directions

The application, which was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office back in 2007 and updated earlier this month, is for a handheld electronic device - almost certainly a smartphone, given HTC's business - that includes a display body, an input body and at least one "track".

By using multiple tracks, users would be able to slide the device’s display horizontally and vertically over the larger-sized Qwerty keyboard beneath it. For example, the display could be pushed one way to reveal the keypad’s Qwerty section. Alternatively, the screen could be slid in the other direction to present a regular numeric pad.

But because the keyboard is larger than the device’s display, users will always have a gadget that’s more keyboard than screen. This makes the unit seem as though the keypad has been stretched beyond ‘traditional’ proportions.

It also begs the question, why not just make the screen as large as the keyboard?

The patent application doesn't indicate if HTC's design will ever make it to market.

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Orange spent weekend spamming customers with TXTs
Zero, not infinity, is the Magic Number customers want
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015
Faster? Not yet. Cheaper? No data
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.