NewCon prototype touch Smartphone with flip QWERTY keyboard
By Jack Martin
February 15, 2010
In 1995 Hans Constin filed a patent for the Smartphone design of the well known Communicators. He still holds the worldwide patents today and has now come up with a new and clever solution for the era of touch smartphones à la iPhone. His NewCon Smartphone design has a large touch screen but when flipped open and turned, the compact Smartphone becomes a mini laptop with a full QWERTY keyboard. As much as we hate the QWERTY layout, it’s a clever design.
"Devices of this type are fully fledged Mini PCs and are just as easy to use" says Hans Constin. "Users of smartphones who need to enter text, often complain about the functionality and ergonomics of input options. Devices that are manufactured according to the new NewCon patent offer the largest keyboard, the thinnest profile and a touch display similar to the iPhone".
Devices with this type of design enable users to always have their PCs to hand and eliminate the need to fiddle around with a touch keyboard. "Similar devices such as the HTC Touch Pro 2 do have a keyboard" says Constin, "but the sliding mechanism which moves the screen, only permits half of the possible keyboard surface to be used. Many users who are frustrated with touch keyboards would be delighted to use their Smartphones as PCs. Whether the mobile phone industry responds to these new ideas remains to be seen."