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Tomandlu (Tomandlu)
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If you are a reader of slashdot or similiar, you might already now the answer to this one...

What recent patent has been taken out on mobile phones that is functional, sensible, but will not require any significant change in manufacturing processes, design or technology?
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Is this actually a lateral puzzle?
I read somedays back about a patent in China (or somewhere in East Asia) where you could have two SIM cards in single handset, meaning two different phones within one.

Am I allowed to cheat and search the slashdot? ;-)
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Is this actually a lateral puzzle?
Yes

I read somedays back about a patent in China (or somewhere in East Asia) where you could have two SIM cards in single handset, meaning two different phones within one.
Nope - this is a stunningly simple patent, but makes good sense

Am I allowed to cheat and search the slashdot? ;-)
I'm currently monitoring all IP connections to slashdot's server, and cross-correlating them with connections to lateralpuzzles.com - your crimes will find you out ;)
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Is this a recent patent? A week old? A month old? A year old? Older?
Is this patent regarding a change in mobile-phone handset? The telecom process they use to transfer voice?
Does this change helps any person? Or somebody with a handicap?
Patent done in America? Europe? Asia? Will it help to find out?
Tomandlu (Tomandlu)
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Is this a recent patent? A week old? A month old? A year old? Older?
Recent (i.e. I've seen no phone that implements this feature and it was on slashdot a couple of days ago)

Is this patent regarding a change in mobile-phone handset? The telecom process they use to transfer voice?
Yes, No

Does this change helps any person? Or somebody with a handicap?
Many but not all, No

Patent done in America? Europe? Asia? Will it help to find out?
Irrelevant (US afaik, but could be SA)
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Is it an add-on, such as jewelry?
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Is it an add-on, such as jewelry?
No
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Is it about attaching or building in the hands-free on something else you also put on your head?
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Is it about attaching or building in the hands-free on something else you also put on your head?
No
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Hint - it would be useful to find out what aspect of mobile-phone use this relates to
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Does it relate to:
Dialing? Memory? Contact lists? text messaging? speaking into the phone? speakers/sound? cameras? ringtones? batteries/charging?
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Does it relate to:
Dialing? text messaging?
Yes, Yes

Memory? Contact lists? speaking into the phone? speakers/sound? cameras? ringtones? batteries/charging?
No to these
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So, then, would it be correct to say that it has to do with the keypad?
The layout of the keypad? Size?
Braille relevant?
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So, then, would it be correct to say that it has to do with the keypad?
Yes

The layout of the keypad? Size?
No-ish, No

Braille relevant?
No
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Hello. Newbie to the site. Please bear with me.
Related to the material of the keypad?
Does this improve the speed of typing? comfort of typing? accuracy of typing on the mobile phone?
Would the keypad look any different from the current mobile phone keypads (ie, the layout of the numbers and letters)
Would this change be feasible to implement on all phones, or only on some high-end phones?
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Related to the material of the keypad?
No

Does this improve the speed of typing? comfort of typing? accuracy of typing on the mobile phone?
Probably, Yes, Probably

Would the keypad look any different from the current mobile phone keypads (ie, the layout of the numbers and letters)
No

Would this change be feasible to implement on all phones, or only on some high-end phones?
All
Snoozer (Snoozer)
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Is it a keypad for the latin alphabet? with the text letters at the same place as today?
Is it for the US or the European market primarily?
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Is it a keypad for the latin alphabet? with the text letters at the same place as today?
Irrelevant

Is it for the US or the European market primarily?
Irrelevant
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Is it software?
Typing software that suggests word for you while typing? More advanced?
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Any additional buttons? Dial-wheels?

Would each button still represent multiple input options, such as the "2" button usually also represent "A","B",and "C"?

Would input be more physically comfortable to the user?
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Is it software?
Typing software that suggests word for you while typing? More advanced?
No, No, No

Any additional buttons? Dial-wheels?
No

Would each button still represent multiple input options, such as the "2" button usually also represent "A","B",and "C"?
Yes

Would input be more physically comfortable to the user?
Yes!
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Touchscreen or buttons?
Same number of buttons as a normal phone? Just one?
Buttons same size as now? Smaller? Bigger?
Easier to press a button?
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Touchscreen or buttons?
Touchscreens not v. relevant, buttons are

Same number of buttons as a normal phone? Just one?
Same number

Buttons same size as now? Smaller? Bigger?
Same size

Easier to press a button?
Yes
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"Easier" referring to the force of pressing on the buttons? Is there any physical difference at all from the keypad of a normal cellphone? The difference is visible to the user?
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"Easier" referring to the force of pressing on the buttons?
Yes-ish

Is there any physical difference at all from the keypad of a normal cellphone?
Taken in isolation the keypad is unchanged

The difference is visible to the user?
Yes - however, although the change is revolutionary, it might not be noticed at first glance
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Warm buttons for use during winter?
Position of the keypad relative to the screen?
Fingerprint-scanner?
The shape of the buttons?
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Warm buttons for use during winter?
No

Position of the keypad relative to the screen?
Yes!

Fingerprint-scanner?
No

The shape of the buttons?
No
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uh.. upside-down?
Tomandlu (Tomandlu)
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uh.. upside-down?
We have a winner! story about the patent, slashdot article
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He he, it was meant as a joke because I was almost giving up. Nice puzzle! :-)

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