Nokia keypads set to swivel

A number pad that rotates might bring back rather disturbing memories of a green plastic telephone at your gran’s, which took five minutes to ma

A number pad that rotates might bring back rather disturbing memories of a green plastic telephone at your gran’s, which took five minutes to make a call, but calm down, you’re way off the mark. Following in the similarly crazy footsteps of the twist-tastic Nokia 3250 (pictured) the US patent in question, recently updated by the Finns, concerns a rather nifty-looking swivelling numeric keypad that rotates to stay the right way round when the handset is in landscape mode.When turned 90 degrees, the screen slides back to reveal a pretty standard QWERTY keyboard. Nothing new there, you say, but wait – the keypad that only moments ago you were using to call that same gran also rotates to provide you with a complete, if a little weeny, keyboard.The application also hints at an iPhone-like ability to automatically change the orientation of the info on the screen when it’s in landscape mode, as well as the possibility of replacing the QWERTY layout with an altogether more fun games controller, including joystick.While sitting round the rumour campfire last night we overheard some web-based speculators suggesting it could form part of an N99 handset, along with 16GB of Flash memory and an 8MP camera. Makes the N95 sound dated already.

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