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Method for a keyboard with keys that are oriented at a 45-degree angle

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132632D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 331K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a keyboard with keys that are oriented at a 45-degree angle. Benefits include improved functionality and improved usability

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Method for a keyboard with keys that are oriented at a 45-degree angle

Disclosed is a method for a keyboard with keys that are oriented at a 45-degree angle. Benefits include improved functionality and improved usability.

Description

              The disclosed method is a keyboard with keys that are oriented at a 45-degree angle.

The keyboard contains all standard PC-keyboard functionality (see Figure 1).

              The keyboard fits into a mobile device, such as an ultramobile PC, a next-generation personal digital assistant, or a smart phone. The 45-degree orientation of the keys enables the keyboard to be useful when the device and display are in either landscape or portrait modes. When in landscape mode, the keypad lends itself to a single thumbing mode, such as for a cell phone. When in portrait mode, the keypad lends itself to a dual-thumbing mode, such as for a messaging device (see Figure 2).

              The number keypad is accentuated using color for extra visibility when the device is in use as a voice-over-Internet-protocol phone.

Advantages

              The disclosed method provides advantages, including:
•             Improved functionality due to providing a keyboard with keys that are oriented at a 45-degree angle
•             Improved usability due to providing full keyboard functionality in a small form factor when the device and display are in either landscape or portrait modes

Fig. 1

Portrait mode

 

Landscape mode

 

Fig. 2

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