RIM Applies for Patent for BlackBerry for Visually Impaired

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Research in Motion is hoping that a patent application will make the company’s BlackBerry smartphone more marketable to blind or visually impaired demographics. According to the filing, pressing a series of keys will activate the feature whereby pressing on subsequent keys will generate an auditory cue to alert the users of what was pressed.

A method for dialing a destination comprising the steps of:associate groups of more than one input key and buttons of a mobile device to define at least one input region whereby a keying from any key of a same input region defines a same input;associate auditory responses and actions for operating the mobile device to respective inputs received from input keys and buttons of the mobile device comprising the keys of the at least one input region, at least one of the input regions associated with actions to input a character from a respective set of characters for composing a destination for inputting into the device such that repeating an input from a same input region selects a different character from the respective set; andfor each input received from said input keys and buttons, performing the respective action and outputting the respective auditory response associated with each input thereby to dial a destination.

(via: MobileCrunch)

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