Rotating BlackBerry Phone Patent Makes My Eyes Bleed

We can only hope that as this patent application was filed early last year, Research In Motion abandoned the idea for the Torch's form factor instead. Not just flipping back-to-front to reveal a QWERTY-to-numeric keypad, it would rotate for landscape/portrait use too.

Looking like it's powered by G1-style hinges, you can just imagine the headache involved in getting the phone out of your pocket each time. "Do I need to write an email, or make a call?! Do I want to view it in portrait or landscape?!"

The patent describes the phone as working like so:

"In a first aspect, a handheld electronic device, such as a smartphone, has a first device member and a second device member that are connected via a connector. The second device member is rotatable about a rotation axis that is canted relative to an axis of the second device member. As a result, when the second device member is rotated between a first position and a second position, its orientation changes. This may facilitate, for example, switching the handheld electronic device between a text entry mode and a telephone mode. "

Kind of boggles the mind, right? [Patent via GoRumors]

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