BlackBerry may not have had experienced a great year and may not have been hitting the charts in the last few years, but the company still has hopes about the future. And its recent developments in the smartphone field proves the same.
According to reports, a new patent has been awarded to BlackBerry that shows off a new physical QWERTY keyboard. Apparently, the keyboard also doubles as a touch sensitive display.
As reports state, the QWERTY keyboard can slide onto the device when in use, and will slide up and down the screen of the BlackBerry model that it would feature on. And according to the patent, it seems like each key will have two functions. While one function will be attained when the key is pressed, the other would be attained when the key is touched.
"A physical keyboard having a plurality of individual keys temporarily overlays a touch-sensitive display. Each individual key selectively provides either of a first level of capacitive coupling and a second, different level of capacitive coupling to the touch-sensitive display," the official BlackBerry patent states.
"By one approach the key provides that first level of capacitive coupling to the touch-sensitive display when a user asserts the key (for example, by pressing upon the key) to thereby communicate to the touch-sensitive display a selection of that individual key. The key can provide that second level of capacitive coupling when a user touches, but does not assert, the individual key."
"So configured, this second level of capacitive coupling serves to communicate to the touch-sensitive display an input instruction other than a selection of that individual key," it adds.
There's nothing much available as far as information is concerned about the technology, or the device it will be incorporated into. However, more details are expected to arrive soon.