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Originally Posted by SectorNine50 View Post
It's basically a dedicated touchscreen keyboard...

I'm not quite sure how they got the patent for it. Look at every touch screen smart phone/tablet/touchscreen PC to date.
How did one of the smartphone/tablet/touchscreen companies not patent this before?

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Originally Posted by zorpnic View Post
Without actual keys, it's more like an "iWishIKnewWhatIWasTyping".
Also means apple can censor what you're typing like on their touchscreen keyboards.

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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
No thanks.
IBM Model M. Best keyboard EVER.
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Originally Posted by hazarada View Post
just torch the patent office or next time you'll hear about somebody patenting sitting as a way to use a computer
The Apple iChair.
Edited by Heavy MG - 7/26/11 at 2:36pm
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just torch the patent office or next time you'll hear about somebody patenting sitting as a way to use a computer
post #63 of 150
the patent office needs to hurry up and ban all patents on computer tech; seeing how it completely stifles innovation and unfairly favors one company over others.
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the patent office needs to hurry up and ban all patents on computer tech; seeing how it completely stifles innovation and unfairly favors one company over others.
Probably the coolest and most horrible thing at the same time. Problem here is that large companies would "steal" tech from the little guys all the time and there would be nothing they could do. At least now, the IP can be sold or the original company along with its patent could be sold.

That being said. It would at the same time, advance technology at a pretty exponential rate, IMHO.

On-Topic: What the hell happened to ethics in business. Yes, the patent system is broken and no you shouldn't take advantage of it.
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all they really need to change is to make the patents require more specifics so crap like "something that has to do with something in order to achieve something else" wouldn't fly
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If i remember correctly...Don't you need a working prototype to submit a patent? It seems if you go the Apple way, you can just draw wings on cheese and submit that.
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Without actual keys, it's more like an "iWishIKnewWhatIWasTyping".
Haha right? It's been ages, but I'm pretty sure when I was a youngster I was taught "do not look at the keyboard!". This is certain to be prohibitively annoying for anyone looking to get any serious usage out of it.

That said, I concur w/ most of the thread. How the hell do you patent something that is nothing more than a simple design idea......which has been around and already used for ages?!

Seriously, I am going to patent a simple device, it holds a cylinder of graphite encased in wood. It's designed to be used as a tool for scribing linguistic characters on very thin sheets of processed wood as a means of recording ones thoughts.
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post #68 of 150
Tactile feedback is the only reason a tablet would never replace my laptop. Why would I torture myself by using a touchscreen for a keyboard on a desktop, the one that's user experience should be unhindered...

If this does become the standard on iMacs and/or Macbooks, I can only hope other manufacturers won't try to ride the same wave with their own possibly crappier implementations.
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How did one of the smartphone/tablet/touchscreen companies not patent this before?
Because it's totally obvious to anyone in the field, not to mention it's had widespread use for such a long time.

Since it's so obvious to an expert in the field it should not be patentable - this is more than likely why it hasn't been done already.
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It'll have no feedback though.
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