Electro-Tactile Keypad and Support Kickstand Patents Surface, Paving the Way for the Inevitable Nokia Tablet?

| August 14, 2013 | 27 Replies


The history of Nokia tablet rumors is long and painful, most notably we’ve recently seen pictures of what is supposed to be a cancelled Nokia tablet, before that we heard detailed rumors of a very surface-like device with a built in keyboard/kickstand. Let’s not forget the recent benchmark appearance of the RX-114 a supposed Quad-core RT tab. Adding strength to an upcoming Nokia launch would be two more patents published earlier this year, one for a Kickstand like “apparatus” and the other for an electo-tactile responsive keyboard, both the perfect accessories to match a tablet.

The Electrotactile feedback patent (and more design art) can be found here:


An apparatus including a keypad, pressure sensors and electrotactile feedback electrodes. The keypad includes a plurality of keys. Each of the keys has a topsurface. The pressure sensors are located under the top surfaces of the keys. The electrotactile feedback electrodes are located at the top surfaces of the keys.

The Apparatus stand here:


An apparatus including a housing; and a stand connected to the housing. The stand is configured to cooperate with the housing for the housing and the stand to support the apparatus on a surface. The stand is movable on the housing between a retracted position and an extended position. In the retracted position the stand is substantially flat against the housing. In the extended position the stand projects from the housing with a general triangular shape.

It’s a safe bet to assume that Nokia won’t release a tablet on it’s own, it’s sure to have at least a couple accessories or distinguishing hardware features (more Surface-y than iPad-ish), the only question is when will we see Nokia’s first tablet? My money’s on a RT tab this september (the 26th?).




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