|Re: Open45s: Consistent shift key user interface|
Message #14 Posted by DaveJ on 4 Nov 2007, 9:07 p.m.,
in response to message #13 by Pavneet Arora
In what way is this discussion an indication of feature creep? We are simply discussing the design brief. Dave said for him a starting point is the plastic. Well before we get to the plastic, wouldn't it be worthwhile envisioning what the plastic should turn out like to maximize its usability?
Yes, but that has nothing to do with the colour of the key legends or what keys are used for what. In fact it even has little to do with how many keys you have, you simply put as many keys as you can fit nicely in your chosen form factor after the screen is considered. Only at the end do you worry about what key is used for what.
When I said the plastic is the starting point, I meant getting the plastic in your hands is the starting point to a physical design realisation. The #1 thing to do first is to pick the what screen you want and lock that in. The screen drives the shape and design of your plastics, the room you have left for keys, the power consumption and battery choice, which leads to case thickness etc etc.
If the preferred choice is a Voyager form factor (and I think it is), then a screen needs to be found that fits the design envelope. That might be harder than it seems.
Backup plan would be a Pioneer shape, and I already know plenty of LCD modules are available that will fit that form factor.
Here is a novel idea off the top of my head, how about a Pioneer form factor rotated into a Voyager horizontal layout? That might give room for that 80mm OLED display module maybe. Will have to check out the dimentions...
The OLED display module is 80x36mmx10mm. That would take up half the height of a horizontal Pioneer form factor. So only enough room for say 3 rows of keys under the display.
Edited: 4 Nov 2007, 9:12 p.m.