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Circboard Console Typing Software: Amazing, But Not Original?

by Lambert Varias
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Redditor Torontoitguy shared a console typing software that he invented. He’s calling it the Circboard, and it’s easy to see why. Letters and symbols are mapped to each of the four face buttons on a controller, while switching between the circles are done using the left analog stick. Intuitive and a hell of a lot more practical than the letter-hunting we’ve gotten used to on our consoles. Unfortunately, the idea might not be original and is stepping on a previously filed patent.

circboard console typing software

Before we get to the bad news, let’s look at the Circboard in action:

Now for the ugly part: another Redditor by the name of huevos found a patent, filed by Douglas Naimo in 2007, for a similar software. You can read the full patent here. Here are the incriminating figures from the patent:

earlier patent similar to circboard

I’m pretty sure Naimo will want to know more about the Circboard. Perhaps this is the time for him to step up and turn his idea into a real product. At least it wasn’t Microsoft or Sony who have the patent, otherwise it’ll be console-exclusive.

[via Circboard & Reddit via Joystiq]

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