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FIRST!! (I think): 90's Sliding Keyboard Phone

This is the first of my FIRST!!(I think) posts, where I trot out stuff I think was invented by me. I'm sure somebody out there on the internets will prove me wrong in short order.

Here's a sliding keyboard phone concept done for a bizdev guy in late 1998 for Qualcomm's QCP(Consumer Products) division. I used to dig the two-way RIM pagers IT guys rocked, and loved my Palm Pilot. This was an attempt to combine a pager-like form factor with voice & PDA functionality. Notice the monochrome display common to phones and PDA's of the era. I don't know why the wired earbud mike was rendered small enough to fall into your ear canal though.


A closeup of the fuzzy, cheezy sample UI shown above. As I remember, the product was aimed at the enterprise, so in this example use-case I attempted to portray the indispensable mobile comm unit for the hip cable-guy of the near future. Note the stock prices on the right frame of the display, I miss the pre dot-com crash stock market..


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Cool concept, you should have gone live with it way back then. What's next on tap? When you invent something, be sure you pantent it.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaisha

Hey Maisha, thanks for taking a look. Yeah re:Patents, lesson learned. The company did not want to pursue a patent, and every time I see somebody with a slider, I cringe. I'll be contacting you soon on some of the stuff coming up soon.

April 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterAnthony Blow

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