RIM is on the edge. We heard the news of RIM’s sales chief Patrick Spence resigning yesterday, just a few days after the official sneak-a-peek into Blackberry 10 homescreen. The scenario could get worse if Blackberry 10 disappoints the target audience. RIM seems to be putting all its cards on research and development, a unit that helped it in becoming the fore-runner in enterprise business phones. According to the new patent filed by RIM, you might not have to enter alphanumeric password to unlock your touchscreen phone every time it gets locked. Instead you’ll apply force with thumbs on the force-sensitive regions and that will serve as the new password for your phone.
We do agree it’s an irritating enough exercise to unlock your phone by providing a password every now and then your phone gets locked. This technology would make things easy as you won’t have to search for the keys time and again. The user can set a password by specifying the way he would apply force to unlock the screen in future. The screen will house multiple force sensors with specific sensing regions on the screen (the picture above shows four sensing regions in the corners). Once you apply force on the sensing regions in a sequence, it is compared with the pattern stored in the memory and accordingly access is granted. What remains to be seen though is whether or not Blackberry 10 boards the technology or not.