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Power QWERTY deja vu

March 8, 2009
How did the RIM guys really get the idea to give a tactile feel to the BlackBerry Storm virtual keyboard?bbqwerty
 
Here’s my $0.02 and a picture worth a thousand word dissertation. For context, and in case you missed it, do browse through my “typewriters and time warps” post.
 
The real dealNow, conjure up an image of several PhD’s at RIM hunched up over a typewriter. What do they come up with? A tactile feel for the BlackBerry Storm keyboard.
 
This “Pepper … And Salt” piece from the Wall Street Journal says it quite succinctly. There’s a lot to be said for leveraging something old for something new. Ring a bell for anyone?
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