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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 

Nokia joystick patented

Nokia Joystick.jpgCould the next Nokia phone you buy be joystick enabled?

Inventors John Patrick Wong and Jeff Philip Crampton of Vancouver have just patented a Nokia design that would come with a trackball and a detachable stylus; allowing the stylus when plugged to become a fully functional video gaming joystick. Coupled with orientation sensors that can sense velocity and change of direction that Nokia has also recently patented, there’s no doubt that they can get this technology to work, but my question is how user friendly is it?

If you look closely at the design, the length of the joystick is longer than the length of the LCD screen, meaning that when trying to play, all you’re going to see is your fingers on the joystick blocking the screen.

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