The word “qwerty” is not as difficult to understand as it looks. Simply, it means a keyboard that displays the English alphabetical words. What is different about this particular style keyboard is that Google intends to use it on its smartphones, a move that Blackberry users are already familiar with and fond of using.
The rival RIM style keyboard appears to be in trouble and Google has been quick to introduce its own invention to fill the void with its hard QWERTY styled keyboard. Google’ top management personnel Andy Rubin is behind the push and has accorded it top priority. This is reflected by the fact that though the first patent was issued in January 2012, this latest patent was filed just four months later.
It’s not clear whether Google’s team will follow up the move right up to the marketplace but this is normally the case given the steady stream of inventions that other brands are bent on producing. But it is a catchy design that is making customers rethink their preferences. There is little reason to believe that the keyboard will overshadow the touch method but some users still fancy the traditional style.
The designed keyboard has no moving parts except for the buttons or scroll component. The design incorporates the Sidekick model of the T-Mobile, where the keyboard overlaps the screen and pivots around and move away from a base revealing the keyboard itself. From all indications it would appear that Google has all the intentions in the world to make its QWERTY smartphone available on the market in the near future.
In its patent filing Google clearly labels the keyboard 502 designed for the smartphone that can also show many other control features such as a switch, an LED indicator, port for headphone, touch screen and many other extra qualities found elsewhere on the device. In some cases the keyboard may be miniature in size in which case a stylus pen may be used to operate the keyboard.
The sliding out mechanism part of the smartphone is cleverly designed to include a spring and stabilizing link to affect the slide movement. In Fig. 6 Google reveals that the spring (202) can be made from metal such as tempered steel or titanium that will give it the desired flexibility and toughness to accommodate the expansion and contraction movements of the spring.
The slide out mechanism is also shown in Fig. 10 featuring a scissor type hinge that assists the sliding out movement to achieve a closed or open position. In response to the mechanism, the smartphone lid can either be fully open Fig. 12 or to a partially open position while the scissor hinge mechanism is there to fix the lid (#106) to the base of the smartphone (#107).
Other scissor like hinge movements are depicted by Google’s patent by the opposite movement of a lower blade (#902) and upper blade (#904) which are joined together by a fulcrum (#906) that acts as a pivotal hinge to produce a scissor like movement. Another important component is a snake like spring (#802) which assists in reducing tension.