RIM patent app details tech for multi-touch phone

“Although long rumored by analysts, a newly-published filing at the US Patent and Trademark Office confirms that Research in Motion is indeed working on touchscreen technology for its phones,” Electronista reports.

“The filing, entitled System and method of integrating a touchscreen within an LCD, depicts an array of parallel electrodes which register input as changes in voltage are detected, triggered by pressure from either fingers or a stylus,” Electronista reports.

“More importantly, it is suggested that the technology could allow for multitouch control, something so far limited to Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and MacBook Air,” Electronista reports.

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52 Comments

  1. If RIM brings this to fruition, I can’t wait! I really love the way Blackberries integrate with eXchange… and how easy they are to administer. I mean, you can wipe an employees handheld remotely if he loses it.

    They’re definitely nowhere near as pretty as the iPhone, but they’re extremely functional.

  2. @buster
    “iPhone has over 200 patents…..that is what Steve said.

    Can RIM bypass that?”

    No, but RIM can invent their own multitouch technology.

    The multitouch patents Apple has are Apple’s way of doing multitouch. There are more than one ways to skin a cat.

  3. “it is suggested that the technology could allow for multitouch control”

    A “SUGGESTION” that it “COULD”? Boy, that’s pretty weak tea. How much more passively could that have been stated?

  4. << The multitouch patents Apple has are Apple’s way of doing multitouch. There are more than one ways to skin a cat. >>

    Yes- RIM’s way might be to use the tip of your tongue. Then, when selecting icons on your new Multi-touch Blackberry- you could give it a RIMjob.

  5. “Then, when selecting icons on your new Multi-touch Blackberry- you could give it a RIMjob.”

    Will the home page spread open from a vertical line with a pink and star-shaped home button in the middle? And I guess that any cords for accessories should be short and curly.

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