Sony Patents Dual Sliding Keyboard Mechanisms For Smartphones

If you believe that the physical keyboards of the smartphones are living their last days, think again. Sony has just filed a new patent describing not one, but two sliding pieces of hardware that attach themselves to smartphones and provide extra functionality.

Sony's new patent, filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office just a couple of days ago, describes "electronic devices having multiple keypads and related methods." If the Japanese electronics maker decides to implement the patent, we might see an Xperia Play phone featuring both a gamepad and a QWERTY keyboard.

The first keypad will slide into the open position, engaging the second keypad. When both of the sliding units are active, they will disengage from one another.

The default option for the sliding mechanisms remain the physical keyboard. The secondary functionality is open to assumptions.

Tech journalists already dream of having a high-end gamepad in their hands. Sony might try to deliver to the smartphone owners, who are also game fanatics, a new device with PlayStation controls.

When the design is concerned, the new device will be far from a sleek slim appearance of the top tier smartphone models. We'll just have to wait and see how much Sony is willing to risk.

Source: US Patent & Trademark Office

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