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August 02, 2012


What they really need to do, and could with this patent, is put the input surface for typing on the back of the device when in use. A cover that folded against the screen when stored, and faced outward on the back of the device in use, could contain a multitouch surface that served for typing. Key caps would be displayed on screen, so that you touch the backs of them. When you have learned the layout, and the software has adjusted it to your hand size and finger reach, you could simply turn the key display off and see the whole screen. Thumb controls on the front would use the ordinary touch screen. With this arrangement, you could type sitting, standing, walking around, etc., without needing a desk or your knees. This idea seems very obvious when you think where your fingers are when you hold an iPad.

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