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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Adaptive Keyboard for Portable Device", for Approval

September 11, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Harris, Scott C. (Rancho Santa Fe, CA), filed on April 30, 2014, was made available online on August 28, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Various kinds of portable computers minimize the space by accepting their data entry using a touchscreen or other device that allows entry on the screen of the computer. For example, the popular iPad tablet produces a touchscreen that allows entering data.

"The touchscreen can also display a keyboard that is used to type into the computer itself or into a program running in the computer."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present application teaches a special kind of adaptive keyboard for a touchscreen computer.


"The different figures show different embodiments. Specifically:

"FIGS. 1A and 1B show keyboards on the tablet in different orientations of the tablet;

"FIG. 2 shows organization of the keyboard on the tablet according to the users fingers;

"FIG. 3 shows crowding of some of the keys in order to maintain the configuration of other keys;

"FIG. 4 shows an adaptive overlay on the keyboard;

"FIGS. 5 and 5B show the special shape for the housing that facilitates use of the keys."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Harris, Scott C. Adaptive Keyboard for Portable Device. Filed April 30, 2014 and posted August 28, 2014. Patent URL:

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Source: Computer Weekly News

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