A new BlackBerry Patent application just posted this morning describes designs for an "angular (BlackBerry) keyboard".
20070287391 is the number. The title of this aspiring Patent is Angular Keyboard For a Mobile Communications Device.
A read of this Patent's Abstract, as well as a look at the accompanying drawing (both shown at the top of this post) gives us a clue about what is being proposed here.
The Abstract reads:
Wireless handheld mobile communication device including a housing with a display above a keyboard exposed for user actuation.
A length of the device is greater than the width. Each key of a right-hand keyfield has a longitudinal axis oriented at a left-to-right inclined angle while each key of a left-hand keyfield has a longitudinal axis oriented at a right-to-left inclined angle from the vertical centerline.
A left boundary of the keyboard is located adjacent the left lateral side edge of the device and the right boundary of the keyboard is located adjacent the right lateral side edge of the device so that the keyboard spans a substantial entirety of the width of the device.
Readers, would this "angular keyboard" design appeal to you?